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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:49 pm 
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As the title says...what modifications have you made to your Bravo? Pics would be great!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:48 pm 
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I added a custom wind vane (see picts) http://www.thebeachcats.com/index.php?module=pictures&g2_itemId=64681 It snaps on the the vertical mast support post, works great :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:33 pm 
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Very nice idea...I've been thinking of adding a wind indicator to the Bravo...guess I've been spoiled over the years and now depend on it...also...it's a great teaching aid for the kids.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:04 pm 
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I added a custom wind vane (see picts) http://www.thebeachcats.com/index.php?m ... emId=64681 It snaps on the the vertical mast support post, works great


Where can I get one?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:05 pm 
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I use a Davis Black Max (used on sunfish & lasers). It is super quick to put on and to take off. Here is a link to see what it looks like. Shop around on the net for better prices. I chose this link because of the pictures.

http://www.westcoastsailing.net/aboutus ... cator.html


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:24 pm 
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Did you have to modify the wind indicator to make it fit? Where did you attach it? Vertical support?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:23 pm 
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Interesting..... might be helpful as an aid for my son..... Can you see it clearly? According to the manual, the mast support option requires a mast with a diameter between 1-1/2" and 2-1/2". The vertical support is certainly less than this.... The unit can be optionally mounted on the boom as well, but I would assume that this would be more prone to damage?

The manual is located at http://www.davisnet.com/product_documen ... ax_Ins.pdf


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:52 pm 
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bdg wrote:
Interesting..... might be helpful as an aid for my son..... Can you see it clearly? According to the manual, the mast support option requires a mast with a diameter between 1-1/2" and 2-1/2". The vertical support is certainly less than this.... The unit can be optionally mounted on the boom as well, but I would assume that this would be more prone to damage?


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Did you have to modify the wind indicator to make it fit? Where did you attach it? Vertical support?


What I did was cut a piece of neoprene (from an old wet suit) to the shape of the mounting base of the Davis and glued it to the mounting base to compensate for the smaller circumference of the vertical support. The shock cord was able to lock it in perfectly. I have been very pleased with it. I can see it clearly. I don't think a boom mounting would be better.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:44 am 
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lol...damnit...now I gotta go out and spend more money... :cry:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:27 am 
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RobDek wrote:
lol...damnit...now I gotta go out and spend more money... :cry:


It will be well worth it.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:29 pm 
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I've purchased a "Black Max" - for an interim solution, I simply wrapped black electrical tape around the vertical piece to slightly enlarge the circumference. I first tried some other materials but they were too slippery and the vane was relatively free to spin around.

Thanks for the tips!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:37 am 
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[quote="bdg"]I've purchased a "Black Max" - for an interim solution.....

Hey bdg, how is the Black Max working out for you? Was it worth it?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:31 pm 
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I used a piece of pipe insulation from Home Depot similar to those pool noodles, works great and it is removable.
It is also "patent pending" :D

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:34 pm 
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darter159,

It is a great little boat toy and for $25 I simply can't go wrong!

I've been out a few times since it was purchased and it has been helpful. Most people would argue that any decent sailor knows the direction of the wind without such tools, but for the minimal cost and very short set-up, I am certainly happy with the purchase. I still have electrical tape wrapped around the vertical support - quick, easy, economical and not permanent!

Thanks to the group for suggesting the vane!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:13 pm 
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[quote="bdg"]darter159,

Most people would argue that any decent sailor knows the durection of the wind without such tools....

I sail occasionally on a lake and am thankful I have it. There are times the wind shifts 20-30 degrees due to the wind coming down over the land formation or the trees. The wind indicator informs me seconds before the wind shifts and I am hiked out and would have almost fallen backwards if I wasn't forewarned. Glad you like it.


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