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:
- Simplicity of construction
- 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.