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    Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 1:21pm
I have a monitor too, Easy to fit, and can work as an Emergency rudder, They sell a larger blade that will steer much larger boats than the Contessa.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DaleMoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jul 2015 at 12:32pm
I fitted a Monitor in 1998, and have sailed many thousands of miles with it without a hitch. The only issue is that I am now very out of practice at helming!
Supplied by Scanmar, they keep a database of all boats previously fitted, so they can make all the tubing up to suit each boat. They are also extremely helpful.
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Are you still as happy as in November 2011 about the Neptune wind vane?
I'm seriously considering it for Dolphyn and so would like to get as much information about it's use as possible.

Also, I don't understand your alternative for the chain (steering line to tiller attachment ). Would it be possible to mail a photograph (my mail address is in the members list)?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Dec 2011 at 11:25am
I had a Navik which broke, me being three days from land I wept.

I now have a Neptune which is cheap, made in SA but assembled in the UK, it's strong and works in very light winds. Buy the smallest version and get the bull / pulley bars. Fit's like a dream, attach it as high as possible on the stern!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alan Dixon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 2011 at 8:59am
Do not understand Flickr. so I have opened my email address on the forum, If you would like to send me a mail I will send photos.
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Hi Glenn,

Just in case you are interested there is a Monitor for sale on ebay at the moment. I purchased a Monitor from Ebay for £900 and have been extremely pleased with its performance.  It isn't difficult to use but as with all the systems the sails needs to be reasonably well balanced. During one period on the AZAB it steered under Spinnaker day and night for 48 hours without complaint and only needing the occasional tweak. The only time it struggled was again under spinnaker but reaching in 20-25 knots with the pole right forward so hardly fair!  Scanmar are extremely helpful and if you send them the serial number of your unit they will ensure you get all the right parts. Its a simple system that even I can work on. The fact that it has different ;weight" vanes is an advantage especially in light airs downwind as of course all systems work on apparent wind and you therefore need a sensitive vane. The ebay link is below and I think it has a day to go so hope you see this.  Let me know if I can provide any further information.

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The URL doesn't work:-(  It's complaining about organising some photos which I've not yet uploaded!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alan Dixon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2011 at 2:30pm
The Neptune model I fitted is the 650. 650mm being the distance from the  water to the center of the mounting bracket. (Low freeboard does have some advantages) I did not get any of the Neptune extras preferring to source them myself. You need 4 roller bearing blocks two mounted on the pushpit and two on the cockpit sides. I did not like the chain and claw arrangement for line to tiller attachment and have used two fairleads and two open clam cleats, a far more elegant solution and it works very well. I am attempting to load photos to Flickr and will post a link when complete
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Nov 2011 at 7:28pm
I am sure that our Class Captain & Web Moderator will post a response. They both used Wind Vanes on the AZAB. I think there is an Article about fitting a system on the Site somewhere.


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