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Michael Dougan

My boat came with an Aries... not the oldest, not the newest. Even though I didn't really have it set up properly (block placement, too much slop in the control lines) it steered most of a 9 day offshore passage from Florida to New York.

Winds were mostly on the quarter, but it still did pretty well when it was directly behind us.

My boat has a lot of weather helm, and it steered us through some pretty nasty squalls we got caught in with the sails up with no problem. Steered better than I would have!

The blades for mine are made out of plywood, and one squall actually broke the blade off, so, I had to steer through the night... really made me appreciate not having to do that normally. It's a good idea to have a few spares aboard, and might even be a good idea to have a few different sizes... use smaller blades in bigger wind.

The Aries is pretty bulky, though, so, I think the Monitor and the Cape Horn are much more elegant.

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