Cape Horn Steering Vane Install part 1

Cape Horn Steering VaneInternal Install of Cape Horn

I really like the design of and the build quality of the Cape Horn Steering Vane. It arrived last fall, just as my world was changing around me (and reality about how much work was left). It is one solid piece of stainless steel and nylon. The design of the Cape Horn is beautifuly simple, elegant.

I will add pictures of my own later on. The install, at least on a double ender like the Saturna is a little challenging (physically). The space behind the propane locker is small, and not designed for human habitation. I think I have finally learned how to work there.

Note of importance, if you order one of these cool devices, give yourself another inch or two of length on the main bering (the supporting tube that goes through the transom (if you have one). I cut it very close and the result was some unnecessary fretting.

I was just at the point of applying epoxy to lock the supporting tube in place when thunder boomers chased me off the water. Hard to apply epoxy when you are bouncing up and down in an aluminum skiff.

Another note: Dry assemble the Cape Horn before starting the install … it will help you understand what is important.


There is a lot more to say about this device, but right now I am celebrating. I have been working days in the wicked heat doing the initial install. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong, then as I aligned the internal struts things stopped being floppy and stubborn in the wrong direction. They just settled down and became stiff and strong. Tomorrow I check for clearance (again). Then (probably after clearance adjustment) I will epoxy it into place and start installing the tower.

(One of the big challenges was not encroaching on the space I know I will need if I have to pull the rudder again. There is a large quadrant that has to come off. (Is it a quadrant if it is a full circle?) and be lifted up. Everything that violates that airspace has to be easy to remove and replace. Access is also needed for service and repair of a number of sub systems. Nothing is ever simple … and it feels so good to have turned this corner.