Wind vane on a Badger

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  • 02 Jun 2020 13:04
    Reply # 9009147 on 8528652

    I did some research and it would appear that Helen may no longer be in business.  Perhaps one of our UK members could stop by and have a knock on her door :)

    Dennis

  • 01 Jun 2020 20:31
    Reply # 9007693 on 8528652

    David


    Indeed. 


    All the best.  


    Jonathan 

  • 01 Jun 2020 18:56
    Reply # 9007354 on 9006963

    It is now a very long time since I had any dealings with Helen Franklin who at the time was very helpful.  The above information may be out of date.  

    Hi Jonathan, do you remember you kindly let me look over Lexia without you at Plymouth once maybe around 2010?????  I finally bought a Badger and fitting her out.


    I have reached out to Helen, and thank you.

  • 01 Jun 2020 16:37
    Reply # 9006963 on 8528652

    Try :  http://ariesvane.com/index.html 

    contact: Helen Franklin

    address: 6 Dunvegan Road, Penryn, TR10 8HJ. UK.

    phone: +44 (0)1326 377467

    fax: +44 (0)1326 378117

    email:ariesvane@googlemail.com

    It is now a very long time since I had any dealings with Helen Franklin who at the time was very helpful.  The above information may be out of date.  

  • 01 Jun 2020 14:30
    Reply # 9006719 on 9005636
    Anonymous wrote:

    David,

    Are you trying to contact the current manufacturer or Helen (Nick's daughter) who runs a business supplying parts for the original Aries?

    Dennis Gibbons

    Hi Dennis, no the company owner in Holland.  Was sold to Denmark then Holland a while ago.  Facebook Aries group says he is hard to get response from.  I just need to parts kit to start rebuilding.
  • 31 May 2020 23:46
    Reply # 9005636 on 8528652

    David,

    Are you trying to contact the current manufacturer or Helen (Nick's daughter) who runs a business supplying parts for the original Aries?

    Dennis Gibbons

  • 31 May 2020 22:48
    Reply # 9005531 on 8528652

    The pandemic is giving me too much time on my hands.  When I found one of the bronze bevel gears in my "bargain" Aries missing and that replacement gears are expensive and metric not imperial so difficult to fit, I couldn't resist buying another TWO Aries that we for sale near by at a song.  The hardest part about referring Aries is dismantling as the stainless and aluminum corrode together and need a lot of penetrant, grunt and heat to separate.

    Happy to say I now have all 3 in pieces and ready to build 2 complete sets from the 3 for well under $1,000.  It has been fun.

    Now if the Aries manufacturer would just answer email we can get some bearings here to start the rebuild.

    Meanwhile travel restrictions (14 day quarantine if coming into Rhode Island) ease tomorrow sh my badger may start her journey home soon.

  • 12 Jan 2020 16:55
    Reply # 8553008 on 8545562
    Anonymous wrote:

    We fitted an Aries to Badger when we had to replace the original rudder.  The replacement rudder had only a little bit of balance.  This was removed later, when we fitted a skeg.  the Aries was satisfactory and in fact the click mechanism was brilliant.  If you wanted to alter course to avoid a ship for example, you would pull the string a few times to alter course and the pull the other one an equal number of times to go back on course.  We led them to the control station.  in fact they don't work at exactly 6° increments, I assume because as you click the sails sometimes counteract the gear, or the tiller gets loaded more - whatever, it works less crudely than it sounds.  I think this is the best thing about the Aries, only beaten by a Brown stick.

    The Aries is awkward to fit.  Alan has one on Zebedee and swears by it.

    I think your ferro keel will make for a more responsive boat than the long keel: when we fitted the Aries, we still had the ferro keep and it worked fine.  I think the skeg and rudder we ended up with on Badger was a good arrangement and can't understand why Jay doesnt shown it on what is supposed to be the plans of Badger, or why he doesn't use it on his design.




    Hi Annie, I value your input.  I picked up the Aries for $200 and am going over it on my workbench this weekend.  I need a few pieces but it seems they are still available.

    Alan kindly shared pics of his Aries installation.  I must learn how to get pics up on the forum to contribute back.

    So with 2 Badgers having done serious miles with an Aries this seems the easiest "plug and play" to get me going.  Two lanyards led to the control station will make for simple remote course adjustments.

    many thanks,

    David.







  • 11 Jan 2020 19:13
    Reply # 8545562 on 8528652

    We fitted an Aries to Badger when we had to replace the original rudder.  The replacement rudder had only a little bit of balance.  This was removed later, when we fitted a skeg.  the Aries was satisfactory and in fact the click mechanism was brilliant.  If you wanted to alter course to avoid a ship for example, you would pull the string a few times to alter course and the pull the other one an equal number of times to go back on course.  We led them to the control station.  in fact they don't work at exactly 6° increments, I assume because as you click the sails sometimes counteract the gear, or the tiller gets loaded more - whatever, it works less crudely than it sounds.  I think this is the best thing about the Aries, only beaten by a Brown stick.

    The Aries is awkward to fit.  Alan has one on Zebedee and swears by it.

    I think your ferro keel will make for a more responsive boat than the long keel: when we fitted the Aries, we still had the ferro keep and it worked fine.  I think the skeg and rudder we ended up with on Badger was a good arrangement and can't understand why Jay doesnt shown it on what is supposed to be the plans of Badger, or why he doesn't use it on his design.




  • 10 Jan 2020 15:08
    Reply # 8535088 on 8528652

    That's a very good description.  I just secured the Aries for $200 so nothing to lose!  No brainer at that price.  A nice winter project reconditioning that.

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