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Aries windvane maintenance

Hi All,

My Contessa 26 came with an installed Aries windvane; I have not used it in the past 2 years but got around to installing the rudder and vane/paddle yesterday. All the bits and parts move... but with some resistance. Mainly looks to be spiderwebs and such.

I plan to test it out this week but I'm wondering what maintenance I should do before I head out. Should I lube the joints? What do you suppose would work best? Will a simple spray down with WD-40 do the trick or should I use better grease?

What other maintenance items should I check/replace before giving it a go? I'll be replacing the rudder-lift release line and the rudder safety line and may or may not replace the others.

Now if I can find the chain for my tiller I'll be good to go...
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Re: Aries windvane maintenance

Might try this site for hints and spare parts if needed.
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Re: Aries windvane maintenance

Thanks. I've checked out the site but it doesn't mention proper care / lube instructions. I suppose I'll e-mail them.

I have no intention of selling the vane, however, I'll keep you in mind should I decide to let it go.
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Re: Aries windvane maintenance

As far as I'm aware, a bit of light machine oil on moving parts is about it.
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Re: Aries windvane maintenance

Don't use auto grease or WD-40. Both attract and retain salt.

Over here is marketed a spray product called 'INNOX'. I think it originated in Canada, so should be available in the USA. The trawler fishermen here use it for any light lube work around their boats and put me on to it. I have used it for many years with good results, even on my sheet winches.

The same company also flogs a product called 'Lanox' which is more greasy (being lanoline-based) and good on steering cables etc if they are below decks.

If you must use grease, I would suggest proper marine grade winch grease or outboard motor steering bearing grease.
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