Monitor Windvane Installation on
Morning Star

Monitor windvane front view

Morning Star has a monitor windvane. When we installed it I spent a lot of time figuring out how to install it without taking up to much space in the cockpit. The pictures here show how I did it. The windvanes that are made now do not require the wood pads under the mounting brackets. The tubes that come from the windvane are now curved and will fit over the toe-rail. That change should make installation easier.

Monitor windvane lines to helm
I ran the lines that come from the windvane and attach to the helm, up to the stern pulpit then down to the inside of the cockpit seat and up to the wheel. This left the cockpit seat open so that we could still use it. You will also notice that there are dark spots on the lines just forward of the helm seat. These are marks to tell when the paddle is in the middle so you do not have to look back. The lines are run through blocks with ball bearings.

Monitor windvane front view with control line
The line that is used to steer with is run from the horizontal pulley on the windvane up to the stern pulpit on the left side of the picture. You will notice that the line is crossed just forward of the pulley. This is done so that when you move the line that runs on the forward side of the stern pulpit to the right the boat will go right. If you move the line to the left the boat will go left.

View of helm with autopilot and windvane connected
You will also notice that I have an autopilot. The autopilot is for when there is no wind and it does that OK. The autopilot does not sail very well. I prefer to sail with the windvane. The windvane also knows how to go over swells better than the autopilot. The ride while using the windvane is a lot smoother and more comfortable. In some conditions the windvane can go half a knot faster than the autopilot.