Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Cape Horn Windvane pt.2 Blog #134

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

In this session I complete the installation of the hardware for the windvane. And the sun comes out! Yaaay. It’s always a pleasure to see the sun!

I apologize for not getting a better close up of the install I know this would have been of interest to other DIY’ers. But it’s not rocket science and pretty straight forward. I’ll likely do a video of the vane in action once I get it rigged and we’re out there sailing.

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Cape Horn Windane pt.1 Blog #133

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

With his episode, I get to install a bit of hardware that Little Bear has never had before: a windvane.

I chose Cape Horn Windvane for a few reasons:

  • Price
  • Simplicity of construction
  • Reputation
  • Proven track record

I’ve never sailed with a windvane before but I can see the value of not being glued to a tiller / wheel.  I expect to do a lot of single-handing so being able to roam about the boat without having to tend the tiller seems to be a very good idea.

The Cape Horn also has the ability to integrate an auto-pilot. And because the windvane supplies the power for the tiller a smaller, efficient pilot can be utilized. Bonus.

Installing the windvane was fairly straightforward. However, for the first time during the refit of Little Bear I hurt myself.  I caught the tip of my  finger between a strut and the chuck of my drill. I basically ripped my finger nail off.  In the video you can see the moment it happened.  I dropped the drill but it is tough and suffered no damage.

I have yet to rig the vane with blocks and line but I don’t think that will be a big deal.  I just have to follow the instructions correctly and away I go!

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.