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Michael Dougan

I have the lift-up model and it performs very well. In light wind, it doesn't work as well, as it needs air over the vane paddle to keep the vane centered, but then, in light wind, steering isn't much of an issue either. Some say, with the wind dead astern, they don't perform as well, but I don't trust any mechanical device to steer on that point of sail, because I really don't want to accidentally gybe.

All other points of sail, they are great, and, they do a better job steering the boat, particularly in heavy wind, than I do.

Just be sure to have spare vane paddles aboard (they do break off sometimes).

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