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Dave Kall
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We had an Aires on our 32 for about 20k miles. It even steered with a spinnaker downwind. Ran perfectly through the Zone of convergence in the Atlantic under a storm main and reefed staysail. Saw a wave break right through it and neve even blinked. I wouldn't hesatate to have one on a 32 again.

I added a 3/4" track under my tiller and a car on that for attaching the control lines. I could then fine tune the amt of power and movement of the tiller by adjusting the car in or out.

Only problem I eve had was the block initially were attached the the boomkin and on the Atlantic trip one ripped right out ot the boomkin. I upsized the screws and lengthened them and never had a problem after that. When I replaced the boomkin with Buds SS one I thru bolted the crossover blocks to the gunnel.

I didn't purchase the Aires for our 42 as I liked how compact the Sailomat was for the back of this boat. No boomkin to hang it off.

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