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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aries windvane on a A32
« Last post by SailorGuy on Today at 02:55:23 PM »
Hey guys, sorry for the delayed reply and thank you for your input. I love the look of the cape horn wind vane but I cringe at the thought of putting a hole through the transom on the install. I like the Aries but I'm suspecting that it would not mount well to the reverse transom configuration of the A32. The monitor seems to be the way to go but they sure are pricey.

Chris, I am planning to go on an extended trip if everything falls into place as I hope and if I don't meet some girl who convinces me to stay in the states. The earliest I figure I can leave is fall of 2019. I would like to sail down to the Caribbean, but lately I've been giving serious thought to crossing the Panama canal and then venturing out into the Pacific. It's all really a matter of a large enough cruising fund and when the boat maintenance is all done. I still have to replace all the sails and rigging (both standing and running, it is all original)
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Cutting boom
« Last post by Sawlty Dawg on Today at 01:42:37 AM »
24 inches???

How does it get past the backstay?

Got pics?
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Aloha Discussion / Cutting boom
« Last post by webby on Yesterday at 07:47:02 PM »
Hello matey's,

First time question to forum. I have owned an Aloha 28 (Lion In The Sun) for 4 years. Purchased a new main sail this year as per Aloha 28 specifications. Current boom is approx. 24 " longer than specs. Has anyone experienced this before?  Rather than carry the extra length I thought I would cut it shorter to accommodate the original spec main sail. Any opinions?

Thanks, Don
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aries windvane on a A32
« Last post by Holdech on Yesterday at 12:50:06 PM »
SailorGuy - are you planning a long trip on your A32?

Chris
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Weight of 32
« Last post by Jeff. on Yesterday at 11:25:09 AM »
Well my A32 came in at 11300lbs this year.
Kinda interesting compared to the previous number because I expected it to weight slightly more. She is still mostly empty but had a pile of tools and such on board this spring. Although the stove was gone..
Interesting stuff.

Jeff
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aries windvane on a A32
« Last post by Jeff. on Yesterday at 10:43:18 AM »
Some related info if you're interested.
This Aloha 32 has traveled far and wide with its Cape Horn wind-wane.
https://www.wright-photo.com/meriah3.htm#three

This units has a more simple and elegant look in my opinion. It can be installed off center if required. I'm sure it will cost more than 850 however..

Good luck.
Jeff
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aries windvane on a A32
« Last post by Bruce on May 18, 2018, 02:26:26 PM »
I cannot speak about Aries, but I had an Autohelm windvane mounted on the aft rail, connected to the autopilot.   It worked quite well with steady winds but struggled with gusts and was not gimbaled to compensate for heel on a beat.  It is important to have the rig properly balanced to provide a midships helm setting, ie. little weather or lee helm.  Its placement was not idea as a lot happens around that stern railing and in my case the vane got bent. Auto helm had gone bankrupt by that point and could not be replaced.  Bruce
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Aloha Discussion / Aries windvane on a A32
« Last post by SailorGuy on May 18, 2018, 05:11:36 AM »
I'm intending to install a wind vane self-steering unit on my A32 and I had in mind a monitor, but I found a great deal on a Aries windvane in good condition with wheel adapter for $850 which is about half of what I would expect to pay for a good monitor unit. My question is how well will this Aries windvane work on a A32? It looks like the mounting points on the monitor are better for the stern configuration. Have any of you used an Aries vane on an aloha?
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Aloha Discussion / Re: My illness has gotten worse
« Last post by tmack on May 17, 2018, 07:21:25 PM »
Launching tomorrow in good ole Rainy Lake.  (My favorite rock garden.)

Tim
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Aloha Discussion / Re: My illness has gotten worse
« Last post by Bruce on May 17, 2018, 10:08:36 AM »
I have a different theory.  After two days of scrubbing, waxing and polishing and rerigging I think boat size is inversely connected to the effort required to maintain it!   Bruce
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