CAPE Horn Self-Steering System

We installed a Cape Horn system just before sailing to the LHTR (rendezvous).  This was the second time we have purchased a Cape Horn.  The first time was in 1995 for African Moon.  The Cape Horn steered the boat in 20 to 25 knots of wind while broad reaching and in light air condition as well as in some sloppy conditions after we won our anchor at midnight Friday 1 Octobor. (Kate we left the anchorage by the Navy wall and sailed all night to Baltimore.  At 3:00 am Saturday, the wind was recorded at Thomas Pt. Light at 15 to 17 knots from the south - right into the anchorage.)
 
We mounted the unit inside the bumpkin.  The Cape Horn is a good system and will steer the boat in light air as well as heavy hair.  We believe the unit has two cons - 1) the windvane control is very senstive and care must be taken when setting the vane to the wind; 2) it is necessary to stand on the stern of the boat when changing from the light air vane for the
 heavy air vane and vice versa.  The key is to change out the light air vane for the heavy air vane early before the seas begin to build.  I believe Cape Horn recommends changing the vanes at about 15 knots of wind.
 
As a sidenote, we installed jam cleats on the tiller to connect the control line but changed these out for Spinlock cam cleats.  The Spinlock cam cleat is better for this application than either standard cam cleats (African Moon) or jam cleats.  Locking or unlocking the control line is simple and fast.
 
I will post photos as they become available.
 
rod
S/V IDUNA
 
P.S. Thanks Kate and Bernie for a wonderful rendezvous - THANK YOU; THANK YOU.
Aloha Rod,
 
The Cape Horn looks superb on Iduna as she is becoming so very, very nice. Good Job!  The cons are probably the same for the Monitor, but at least you don't have the trim tab, which seems to make the helm a bit heavy.
 
Can't wait for pictures of the LHTR!
 
Oh we sailed Aloha in about 20 knots with her new Port Townsend Sails sails which are beautiful. She is faster than you can imagine now with 7.5 to weather and 7.9 one time! Our Valiant friends said Wow! 
 
Thanks for a delightful dinner aboard beautiful IDUNA.  And good job leaving Annapolis as it is not safe out there in unsettled conditions.
 
 
 
Kate
Kate Christensen
RogueWave Yacht Sales & Services, LLC.
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Annapolis, MD 21401 USA
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From: Rod Bruckdorfer [mailto:seagypsy@att.net]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 12:49 PM
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Subject: [bcc] CAPE Horn Self-Steering System

We installed a Cape Horn system just before sailing to the LHTR (rendezvous).  This was the second time we have purchased a Cape Horn.  The first time was in 1995 for African Moon.  The Cape Horn steered the boat in 20 to 25 knots of wind while broad reaching and in light air condition as well as in some sloppy conditions after we won our anchor at midnight Friday 1 Octobor. (Kate we left the anchorage by the Navy wall and sailed all night to Baltimore.  At 3:00 am Saturday, the wind was recorded at Thomas Pt. Light at 15 to 17 knots from the south - right into the anchorage.)
 
We mounted the unit inside the bumpkin.  The Cape Horn is a good system and will steer the boat in light air as well as heavy hair.  We believe the unit has two cons - 1) the windvane control is very senstive and care must be taken when setting the vane to the wind; 2) it is necessary to stand on the stern of the boat when changing from the light air vane for the
 heavy air vane and vice versa.  The key is to change out the light air vane for the heavy air vane early before the seas begin to build.  I believe Cape Horn recommends changing the vanes at about 15 knots of wind.
 
As a sidenote, we installed jam cleats on the tiller to connect the control line but changed these out for Spinlock cam cleats.  The Spinlock cam cleat is better for this application than either standard cam cleats (African Moon) or jam cleats.  Locking or unlocking the control line is simple and fast.
 
I will post photos as they become available.
 
rod
S/V IDUNA
 
P.S. Thanks Kate and Bernie for a wonderful rendezvous - THANK YOU; THANK YOU.