I'm a dope, I put this question under modifications, etc...forgetting there was this thread, sooooo.......
What would be everyone's pick for a windvane for their Contessa 26? I know Monitors are proven, but seem quite big and over sized?
I have seen the Walter Murray "build it yourself" site, and even though I have belief in my abilities, I know nature doesn't....
The Cape Horn is tidy for non-transom-hung rudder, but at least on the 26, (with the outboard rudder, hence the brackets needed) the Cape Horn is better proportioned, it too is proven (Jean du Sud) and they have installed one on a Co26, so no problem there.
The Navik is being discontinued, but still avail through ScanMar, who also sell the Monitor. Navik is cheaper, but one has to fabricate own mounting system - so might as well buy one already set up to install, in my case anyways. Sailomat is another option...
However, a tidy trim-tab system seems the most sensible option...the Vectavane used by David Rainsbury on Piper, his Co26 seems simple and sensible, and was based on Hasler's principle. I am leaning towards this one.
The AutoSteer by Hydravane used by D.Dunnigan (?) (review on Pocketcruisers) also seems ok.
The Hydrovane (dealer right here in Vancouver, B.C.) is horridly expensive: $6,600 Can!!! so that will likely rule it out.
More Opinions, feedback? Thank you.
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