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Don and Margaret Lacoste

I have an electric tiller pilot on my W-32 but would like to have a windvane also for ocean work. My vessel came with an old model Aries but it had been removed prior to purchasing the vessel.

I have been on the web and there are many models to choose from such as Cape Horn, Monitor, Sailomat, Windpilot, Hydrovane, Fleming (australia),etc.

I heard back from Cape Horn and they made a model specifically for a W-32 called the Toucana which was build for the vessel named Toucana.

I would love to hear back from other windvane users on their favorite brands.

Also, I was reading Hal Roths book on Ocean sailing and he mentions using a line tied to the windward side of a staysail and fed back to the tiller with properly placed blocks (sheet to tiller steering). On the leeward side of the tiller, he recommends surgical tubing to give the tiller some resistance. Has anyone used this method?

Thanks,

Don (HERON)

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