Satisfaction With Cape Horn Vane

  • December 03, 2017 6:29 AM
    Message # 5610971
    Deleted user

    After 5 years afloat my beloved Moon Dance will be pulled this coming spring for some needed TLC. At this time am planning to install self steering vane. I know that several of the members have installed the Cape Horn unit and am wondering about their experiences with the equipment both pro and cons?

  • December 03, 2017 7:36 PM
    Reply # 5611628 on 5610971

    Hi Chris , a few yrs. back there was a group buy on the Cape Horne so maybe someone will say . You have prolly seen this What do you think of the Norvane ?

    Last modified: December 03, 2017 7:56 PM | Anonymous member
  • December 21, 2017 1:55 AM
    Reply # 5644927 on 5610971
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Chris,

    I installed one 3,4, years back. I really like it. First time using it we sailed 30 miles out of are way just to keep going.


  • May 13, 2018 1:26 PM
    Reply # 6152881 on 5610971
    Deleted user

    Thanks Ron nice to hear from you, have decided to go with the German made Windpilot

  • May 15, 2018 5:54 PM
    Reply # 6216072 on 5610971
    Deleted user

    I have a cape horn coming next week. I may have a few questions for Ron as far as rigging.


  • May 17, 2018 6:23 AM
    Reply # 6239293 on 5610971
    Deleted user

    Jim,  I was part of the group buy and have had some experience with the Cape Horn.  First, the installation was pretty straightforward and I routed the control lines through blocks that I installed on the angled boom gallows brace (I have the stainless gallows, not the later heavier frame).  On open waters offshore and on Lake Erie it worked very well, although it seems as though the sail balance of the 32 is problematic, I.e. my rig with a staysail, Yankee and main is overbalance by the main and I had to call another user to get his advice to take in a reef in the main.  It worked well after that.   Now that I’m on the ICW in Florida (Melbourne) I find the winds are too erratic due to the land-induced wind shadows.   I unshipped the servo rudder until I go offshore again.  Tom