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Aaron Norlund

The stays'l (and other sails) method works, but is much more time consuming and difficult to employ than a vane. Nearly any point of sail can be rigged to steer a tiller with a bit of thought, but the effort required to rig it all and more so, to downrig it and change point of sail or prep for a squall or whatever the case may be, is often quite time consuming, assuming you want exceptional results. While it is good to understand how to let your sails steer, and even fun and good to practice "just in case", a good vane is much easier and, on long night watches, safer to use. Plus, it's fun to name them.

The only vanes I've heard a lot more good than bad about are the Cape Horn, Monitor and Freehand.

I know Cape Horn gave a 25% discount a while back on a group order some Westsail owners put together. I'm sure they'd do it again if you can rally some others...that's a nice chunk of change.

Good luck!
Aaron

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