It’s dark, cold and time to think of expensive non-toys for yacht “Salt”. For years I’v wished for a windwane to take charge in hard winds and during long passages. There is no way any known electronic device can keep the boat sailing in anything close to gale conditions in the North Sea. The only reliable solution to endure a two-handed regatta, or a long cruise, seems to be a trustworthy windwane.

More about windvanes – check the page named Equipment – windvane top left

Navik & Monitor

However, on a doubleender like yacht “Salt” its hard to fit a Navik or a Monitor. First they have to be fitted onto a sturdy stainless steel harness bolted to the rear – outside and on top of the existing rudder. That is the exact spot I least want excess weights. Besides none of them will enhance her already strange, but charming, good looks.

If you click the manipulated photo of “Salt” with Cape Horn windvane, you’l get to a large version of the rather crude, but effective manipulation.

Cape Horn

So I have sniffed my way to information about the Cape Horn Windwane, or more particular the Jean-du-Sudmodel – which fits “Salt” properly, without further damage to her looks, with a minimum of extra weights and one circumnavigation guaranteed. It is not hard to fit, most of the windwane “plumbing” will be under deck, and what you see will be gleaming stainless steel, teak and the wane. In fact all about the Cape Horn sounds so good it’s hard to understand why Monitor, Navik and all the others are sold at all. It’s simple, made to fit the boat, excellent material, very persuasive engineering, nice people who actually answers the mail – what more can a yachty ask? Yea – it’s even less expensive!

Comparing Monitor and Cape Horn
The above link give you the comparison in Cape Horn manufacurerers own words – be aware of who’s the author.

Sounds good?

Anybody out there with real experience with the Cape Horn Windwane that can set me right? I mean – look at all the heavy stuff needed to keep the Monitor happy, in place on top of the rudder and to make sure it holds on during a spell of not-so-nice-weather! (Oil-rig photo – from Monitor)

The silence, or more correct the non conversation, involving the Cape Horn windwane is in fact the only thing that makes me a little sceptic. There are at least two forums on the web discussing windvanes, but all I can find is discussions about the general performance of a wind driven system versus electronics and how to get hold of spare-parts. Nobody, as far as I know says a single word of sailing with the Cape Horn outside of the Cape Horn website. It might of course be because the Cape Horn guys are so happy and content with their windwane that they don’t need to search the web for information or take part in any discussions. They might just be out sailing!

Who knows? Give me a clue… please!

More about windvanes – check the page named Equipment – windvane top left

The Kaskelot depiction takes you topside