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02-02-2013 04:41 PM
gts1544
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?
02-02-2013 04:27 PM
MikeOReilly
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.
02-02-2013 02:38 PM
killarney_sailor The Monitor vane is made from corrugated polycarbonate - looks like corrugated cardboard but very strong and flexible. Seems like a better option than plywood.
02-01-2013 12:31 PM
sneuman
Re: Used Aries Wind Vane -- Should I go for it?

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Originally Posted by obelisk View Post
omatako,
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.
12-20-2009 01:45 PM
obelisk omatako,
you're correct, after looking at the manual 4mm is what they suggest.
12-19-2009 02:49 PM
Omatako
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Originally Posted by obelisk View Post
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.
12-19-2009 08:13 AM
obelisk 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?
12-19-2009 02:48 AM
Omatako 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.
12-18-2009 03:58 PM
btrayfors I think the Aires would be fine. It has a LOT of power, especially when the wind blows hard. Never a moments hesitation in 45 knot winds and 18' seas on a 400 mile leg to Grenada one year. I made 3 extra vanes for mine, but never needed them.

BTW, re: autopilots, check out W-H Autopilots Simple, well-engineered, very robust and very reliable. Good telephone support, too.

Bill
12-18-2009 03:25 PM
obelisk Definitely will have to keep the rig balanced and maybe under a little less sail than usual but that trade off for not having to hand steer 3 on, 3 off will be worth it. I'm going to give it a shot and be the guinea pig.

If results are unsatisfactory, it'll go back to the consignment lot.

thanks for all the discussion!
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