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I had an Aires on a boat several years ago and found it difficult to get the boat to hold a decent course downwind. Great on the wind but . . . maybe I was just not good at setting it.
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The downwind performance gripe seems to span most brands of wind vane.

As for vanes themselves, can the shape be tweaked with at all for performance in different conditions, or is the standard tall and narrow design generally the best? I was planning on using some marine ply (6mm) to make a couple new vanes--should I make one bigger and one smaller for light and heavy wind? Any particular dimensions for either?
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The downwind performance gripe seems to span most brands of wind vane.

As for vanes themselves, can the shape be tweaked with at all for performance in different conditions, or is the standard tall and narrow design generally the best? I was planning on using some marine ply (6mm) to make a couple new vanes--should I make one bigger and one smaller for light and heavy wind? Any particular dimensions for either?
It was a long time ago but my recollection is that a 6mm blade is too heavy. The blade needs to be in balance with the counterweight so that the vane reacts to every windshift. I seems to recall that we used 4mm marine ply to achieve decent response from the Aries.
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omatako,
you're correct, after looking at the manual 4mm is what they suggest.
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Re: Used Aries Wind Vane -- Should I go for it?

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you're correct, after looking at the manual 4mm is what they suggest.
Everything I see has Aries recommending 6mm marine ply for the paddle.
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The Monitor vane is made from corrugated polycarbonate - looks like corrugated cardboard but very strong and flexible. Seems like a better option than plywood.
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Re: Used Aries Wind Vane -- Should I go for it?

Another happy Aries owner here. Price seems good if it's in good shape.

We have a couple of different vane sizes which we use depending on wind. It does require at least 8 knots to steer reliably, which is probably why some people report problems on the downwind sail (lower apparent wind). It also takes a bit of time to learn the art, but really, it's not hard to use.
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Re: Used Aries Wind Vane -- Should I go for it?

obelisk, I bank at Wells Fargo in the USA and an international wire transfer is $30 for any amount. How does that compare to Western Union for $1700?
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