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Sailboat Weathervane – Set of Sail, with Skipper

Set of Sail & Sailor Weather Vane


This Set of the Sail Sailboat Weathervane with a young sailor is one of many of our popular line of sailboat vanes. Because we specialize in custom copper vanes, many of our sailboat designs represent actual sailboats.

This one, however, was personalized not to represent a particular boat, but was a gift meant to symbolize a young woman’s determination to plow ahead in spite of a wave tossed sea.  The hull and sailor are crafted from copper in swell bodied style. The sails and waves are brass. Mast and rigging are also copper. For the vane pictured, this customer requested brown glass eyes and optional gold leaf to the skipper’s face, hands and ankles. Gilding the name of the vessel in gold or palladium leaf is included in the price.

There are several factors that affect the price of our boat weather vanes: level of detail, materials, and time for our skilled artisan’s to create the sculpture. If customers are able to provide us with schematic drawings of their boat, we can often reduce our standard custom design fee accordingly. Some of our customers have helped the design process by lending us models of their boat .

Primarily, the price of all our weathervanes is based on how long it takes to make them and that is determined by the level of detail in your sculpture piece. Some of our sailboat weathervanes have cockpits, steering wheels, detailed sheets, etc. Some don’t. Normally, you look up at a weather vane, so details like the cockpit and steering wheel may not be visible from this angle. If we eliminate these features or reduce them in complexity, we can reduce the cost accordingly.

Please do keep in mind that handmade copper weathervanes can last a very long time, even a century or more, and your weathervane may not spend its entire life in its original location up on the roof or on a cupola. Someone in the future may want to take the weathervane down off the roof and display it indoors as a piece of American Folk Art. If this is the case, details like the cockpit and steering wheel would be visible and add value as a collectible piece of art. This is one important aspect in favor of adding these types of details. Either way, since each vane is made to individual order, we add or eliminate details based on our customer’s preference.

Custom sailboat weathervanes make wonderful gifts. Probably more than half the sailboat weather vanes we’ve made are given as gifts, either for a birthday or other special occasion or by a grateful crew to its skipper.