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Monitor vane on 31?

I have been speaking with Scanmar about a Monitor for my 31. They say they have sold 17 monitors to 31 owners and I figured maybe a few would be on the list here.
If you are, are you satisfied with the Monitor (performance, durability, etc.)? Would you buy the Monitor again if you were shopping for a vane? Big investment so any input is appreciated.

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I have been speaking with Scanmar about a Monitor for my 31. They say they have sold 17 monitors to 31 owners and I figured maybe a few would be on the list here.
If you are, are you satisfied with the Monitor (performance, durability, etc.)? Would you buy the Monitor again if you were shopping for a vane? Big investment so any input is appreciated.

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Yes, I'm one of the 17, after about 3000 miles of sailing, I'm very happy.
I had 1 failure, cotter ring failed, lost hinge pin. Fortunately I had repair
kit and was able to replace in 5 mins. Still looks like new. I have rigged
it with 1 set of blocks on port side and would recommend that configuration.
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Tom,
That's good to hear. Thanks for the reply. You don't happen to have any photos of your installation do you?

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Tom,
That's good to hear. Thanks for the reply. You don't happen to have any photos of your installation do you?

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Tried to attach a couple of pix with no success, really don't have a good one, so I'll add
a couple of pro-pointers here:
You want to attach it as high as possible, my top struts are about an inch below the cap rail, I believe the manual mentions this, which brings me to the next point...
Its tough if not impossible to get up and behind to attach the nuts on the inside. What we did was just drill straight through the hull and inner liner. Then using these holes as a guide, cut openings in the inner liner, and use some starboard to cover the holes, it sounds worst then it looks. BTW, I don't have a stern swim ladder, I use the kind that hang over the side.
As mention before I have 1 set of blocks (double stack cheek block, one over on top of the other) mounted on top of the coming even with the steering wheel with some starboard cut to provide a level base. Lines go directly from the vane to the blocks, then to the wheel. You want to use only 1 set of blocks to minimize friction, important in light air conditions. Make sure you get the light air vane, I forget if that's standard or an option.
You can always untie the lines to open up the cockpit if you need to.

If you go to their website and look at their 31 pix, there is 2 kinds, Nayada is the newer design like I have, my mounting is the same as theirs, but they use 2 sets of blocks, I use 1. The older designed used 90 degree angles that required welding that would eventually fail, the newer design uses bent tubing instead, but it needs to be mounted higher.
I hope to go down to the boat this week and will try to remember to take some pictures, I should send to scanmar.

a couple of things to note about windvane usage:
1. it's a bit of an art to get it adjusted correctly, try to get the boat balanced first, if you are having a tough time steering, the vane won't be much better.
2. I've used it inshore, but the vane needs not just constant direction of wind, but also strength, wind gusts tend to cause the boat to get out of balance and pull to windward.
3. Offshore it will hold a constant coarse within a few degrees, I've literally ran directly over my way point from 50 miles away without touching the vane.
4. I've used it when motoring, as long as there is apparent wind and you don't churn the water too badly, it works fine with the light air vane, probably needs about 6-7 knts to be effective.
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Hi there

Best thing I ever bought for the boat, would defenitly recommened, and i would get anouther one if i sold the boat with hesertation!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think Monitor has sort of become the "gold standard" of vanes. But there is another that I like, the Norvane, and it's a lot less money. All stainless construction, servo-pendulum design. NORVANE Self-Steering Wind Vane. Stainless steel, servo-pendulum. Powerful, sturdy and reliable for sailboats 20’ to 60’
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I think Monitor has sort of become the "gold standard" of vanes. But there is another that I like, the Norvane, and it's a lot less money. All stainless construction, servo-pendulum design. NORVANE Self-Steering Wind Vane. Stainless steel, servo-pendulum. Powerful, sturdy and reliable for sailboats 20’ to 60’
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Do you actually have this installed on your boat??
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No, but that's the plan. I've heard good reviews of it.
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Thanks for all the replies. I think a Monitor is definitely on my must have list. Now I just have to come up with a bunch of boat bucks. They're not cheap, but good things usually aren't.

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Thanks for all the replies. I think a Monitor is definitely on my must have list. Now I just have to come up with a bunch of boat bucks. They're not cheap, but good things usually aren't.

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Your correct, and that applies to the boat you selected as well.
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