I was digging through the file for non-related issues and came across
the receipt for the vane. cost was $3700 shipping included. I do
remember they offered to help install the vane. just cover travel
cost. The rudder (wood) got damaged in shipping. They sent me a new
rudder no charge and let me keep the old one which I epoxied to fix
for a backup rudder.
I had emailed Aries when researching for a vane and told them I had a
wheel pilot and asked if there system would work with the pilot
installed. I got a very short response back that said an Aries would
not be the unit for me. I took that as they were not interested in
gaining a new client and moved on.
I looked at the Monitor and was close to getting one but I just could
not get over the size of the thing. It definitely takes up all the
room on the stern.
Good luck with your research. Let us know what you end up with.
--- In email@example.com, "Tom" <tom1us2001a@...> wrote:
> I have a Voyager. Put in on last spring. Have not had a chance to try
> it yet. I think Iona also has one. Cost was about $4500
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dennis Gibbons <dkgibbons@>
> > Gang,
> > I am trying to decide also and hope to hear from a couple of Nic 35
> > using the Windpilot out of Germany. BTW, I have obtained quotes as
> > Aries: $5150
> > Monitor: $4510
> > Windpilot: $4100
> > Sailomat $4300 plus shipping if from "current stock" or $5000 plus
> > shipping regularly.
> > Still waitng to hear from Voyager out of Canada
> > Dennis Gibbons
> > Dark Lady
> > CN35-207
> > dkgibbons at optonline dot net
I have heard back from Voyager and the price for the heavier duty unit is
about $4460 plus shipping.
I heard from Iona and they say that the Voyager and the Windpilot share
design. They have not used their windvane much as they had problems with
air flow due to Biminis, BBQ etc. If we estimate shipping for the Voyager
to be about $100, here is how they stack up pricewise
Sailomat $5100 (list. special deal available for purchase "within next 7
From the feedback, Sailomat (specifically the owner) may not be worth the
trouble. That leaves the other three. I am surprised by the relatively low
price from Windpilot. I would have thought with the weak dollar (hell even
the Canadian dollar if higher!) that the Monitor would have a price
dkgibbons at optonline dot net