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Mike McCoy

Michael, I guess I was misleading in that I meant the model I have (the Stainless & Bronze Model #4) isn't made anymore. You are correct in that Aries in Denmark offers new Aries windvanes.

Unfortunately, there are very few parts available for my model, just what is interchangable with later models, i.e. rudders, vanes, couplings, etc.. OTOH it is 100% metal (no delrin, etc. to wear out) and according to Helen I shouldn't need any parts anyway as nothing ever seems to wear out on the #4. I did contact Helen for a spare rudder coupling though. At 54.00 shipped (about $100 USD!) that seems a little pricy for an 8" piece of alum tube with a groove in it. So instead I'm going to have a couple machined locally.

Regarding lifting the rudder: I have a small line tied to the rudder below the (breakaway) rudder coupling. The other end is then tied 'topside' to the main shaft. I just lift on the line and the rudder raises up no problem. This 'lifing line' also allows me to tie off the raised rudder in the up position to keep it up/out of the water when not in use.

Plus, if the coupling ever breaks it serves as a tether that will keep the rudder attached to the boat for retrieval.

The good thing about all that hardware back there is at least the Stainless & Bronze model is absolutely gorgeous ('museum quality' as Helen puts it) & very 'shippy' looking ;)

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