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Old 02-01-2013
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Aries Windvane is it worth the money?

Any advice before I buy this? I would like to install it on my boat. Will this work for self steering? take the place of the autohelm ST4000 that dont work on my boat??

Aries Windvane - $800 (Georgetown, SC)

looks like a great price on craigs list

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The first question I would ask is what kind of sailing do you do? Vanes really come into their element when you want to go long distances on one point of sail since they take often take a few minutes to get the adjustment just right. They also sail in relation to the apparent wind so if the wind is shifty that might be a problem, especially close to shore.

Aries are a good unit but check the age and condition very carefully. Parts are available from the widow of the man who made these but if you need to replace much your bargain won't be.
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Re: Aries Windvane - $800 (Georgetown, SC)

Hi ltgoshen, my new (old) boat came with an Aries vane, and I love it. I agree with Killarney about the challenges though. All windvanes steer by apparent wind, so as the wind shifts, so too must your settings. And it does take a bit of effort to learn the art of sailing by vane, but it's not that hard once you get the feel of it.

I sail Lake Superior. We mostly sail within 20 nm of shore, so winds rarely remain stable for long. This means we are tweaking the vane fairly regularly, but it's easy to do, and really not a big deal. We use our Aries most of the time, even for short hops. We have a tiller-pilot when the wind drops below ~8knts, or when we are motoring (usually the two coincide).

If the Aries is in good shape, I think you've got a great deal.
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