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DAVITS - I have davits on my boat, and I don't want to give up their convenience. What can you recommend?

Davits are the hardest piece of boat equipment to work around when fitting a windvane. It's not the davits themselves, of course - it's the dinghy or inflatable hanging from them, right where a windvane wants to be! We have two solutions:

1 - It's highly recommended that a dinghy be stored on deck during extended offshore sailing. Dinghies and inflatables can easily be swept away in heavy weather if they're left on the davits, no matter how well they are lashed down. Go ahead and install a Monitor if you're doing extensive deepwater sailing. When you get to where you're going and are staying a while, you can remove the Monitor from its four mounting brackets (four bolts) and stow it on deck, where the dinghy was - it's going back onto the davits!

2 - If your sailing style can't accept suggestion one, we have our auxiliary rudder selfsteering system - the Auto-helm. It has the largest rudder available by far compared to competitors' auxiliary rudder systems, and it has the advantage of an independently-mounted airvane mast. The rudder assembly bolts onto the boat's transom, and the airvane mast is fitted anywhere convenient on the stern. A crossbar fitted between the davits is ideal. Stainless steel cables from the airvane operate the trimtab on the rudder.

Windvanes fitted to boats with davits

A Monitor on the Whitby 42 "Maya" - Kotzebue, Alaska.

A Monitor on the Tashiba 36 "Gone With The Wind" - San Francisco, California.

A Monitor on the Island Packet "Tyche" - Reno, Nevada.

An Auto-helm on the Radford 450 "Micah Rose", out of Seattle, Washington - currently somewhere in the Pacific.

An Auto-helm on the CT 42 "Carlotta" - Santa Barbara, California

An Auto-helm on the Morgan Out Island 41 Classic "Jacarde" - Hampton, Virginia. The hardware on the stern is breathtaking - can you find the Auto-helm airvane?