Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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I installed a Norvane and am happy with the way it works. It does not act as an emergency rudder. Auto helm motors use WAY more amperage than practical for offshore use. The nice thing about windvanes is the uncomplicated nature of what they accomplish and the fact that there are no electrical parts to burn out. Once balanced, you can travel many miles without having to touch the wheel. They are dependent upon stable wind and sea conditions which are more common farther offshore. In gusty or changeable inshore winds they are less effective. As Aaron said, downwind is the most difficult point of sail for my unit.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 06-10-2012 at 07:18 PM.