Looked like a Cape Horn wind-vane to me, friend of ours installed one a year back and sailed from California to Florida, unlike the BCC installation, he installed his in a Gulfstar 43, boring a hole in the transom, center cockpit arrange and control trim lines cleated in lazarette made it a less than stellar for adjustments, but for the most part it worked well. We have a number of sailors in the Bay Area who have the Cape Horn wind-vanes and swear by them, but in all fairness, the same can be said for Monitor, Aries and just about any well constructed servo pendulum wind vane.
We used a number of windvanes, Monitor, Cape Horn, Aries, most worked well, but as usual, none worked as well as they claimed. Light air, down wind, they all tend to wander, moderate to heavy air down wind worked fine, sailing to weather even in light air all worked well. We only steered 500 miles out of 2,500 miles on our last Pacific crossing, we hand steered some out of boredom and some out of necessity as low apparent wind down wind make wind vanes wander.
Our BCC has a Monitor, ugliest thing on the planet, but it works. Have a friend who hated the looks of it so much he sold his and bought another make, I’m sure opinions will vary, some points of various makes are more refined than others, they all seem to work, but I think it boils down to aesthetics these days than any real mechanical advantage of one model over another. To me, all wind-vanes are somewhat less than handsome additions to a BCC, but on a long passage, I’d rather read a good book or fish than hand steer.
Marty Chin, BCC Shamrock
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Is that a Cape Horn vane I see steering Iduna? I have a Fleming…yet to be installed…partly because it is heavier than I would like. If it is a Cape Horn, I would appreciate hearing what you think of it. Most of our Great Lakes trips are either hand steered or we use the tiller pilot. Legs are getting longer as fair Ann increases her willingness to sail away (planning at least a solid month next season). Having having a vane would make the steering less of a hassle as a tiller pilot cannot respond to little wind shifts and the resultant sail luff wakes me up from my naps.
Thank you much…Tom