We made it! Looking forward to a sensible and boring winter in St. Johns Nfld which we reached 12 hrs. Before Hurricane Michael hit town. It blew another plywood vane into the woods somewhere but by then we were snugged up to the dock.
Eight thousand miles since Florida, about half of those north of 60 degs., all the conditions you’re ever likely to encounter. The wind vane worked brilliantly the whole time, even in tricky steering situations where I had expected to “baby-sit” it. It sure was nice to sit in our “bomb shelter” inside, saving power whilst watching those freezing winds blow!
One of the best things though was being able to detach it so easily from the transom during the times that we were beset by drift ice and it would have been vulnerable even with the paddle retracted. Remove one bolt and it could be out of the way in an instant. Many times it proved its strength too: from being “attacked” by drift nets in the Atlantic to being “nudged” by ice floes in Baffin Bay. This is one of the really good pieces of gear & we thank you for your part in getting us there & back.
Keri & Greg