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  • Aries Windvanes
    The Aries vane gear is a wind vane that is attached to a sailing boat and gives you the posibillity to steer for you in a set course. It works on the servo pendulum system in which the vane operates a servo rudder which can swing sideways. This motion is transmitted to the tiller or wheel by ropes and blocks. The gear is suitable for all yachts up to 55 ft. L.O.A. The minimum size vessel is usually around 28 ft. L.O.A. because the gear weight of 35 kg is unacceptable on smaller boats unless they have broad stern sections. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    http://www.ariesvanegear.com/
    (Added: Fri Jan 17 2003)
  • Beaufort
    The Beau-fort selfsteering is based on the servo pendulum principe. The steering take its power from the flow of the water.
    http://www.beau-fort.com/
    (Added: Sun Apr 11 2004)
  • Cape Horn Self-Steering Gear
    Integrated Self-Steering System for Sailboats. Steers the desired course through all points of sail as soon as sail is set, as long as sail is carried. Oka, QC Canada
    http://caphorn.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Hydrovane Self Steering System
    The Hydrovane is an auxiliary rudder style of self steering. The initial concept was to develop a system better than the standard servo pendulum windvane. Hydrovane and Aries were the first two windvanes on the market in the 60's. An early Hydrovane was used by Herman Jansen for his solo circumnavigation in 1972. Others followed notably Leslie Powles, whose remarkable non-stop circumnavigation via the five great southern Capes, confirmed its reliablity. The Hydrovane soon gained recognition in England and Europe for its clever engineering and robustness. Over the years there have been 11 different models (ex. FDA, Series 5000, Series 1200 VXA-I and VXA-II) although the significant changes occurred in the 70's and early 80's. These culminated into the VXA-1 / VXA-2 model which has been predominant since 1986 and continues to be developed today. Hydrovane Head Office is located in West Vancouver, Canada. Manufacturing and assembly remain near Nottingham, England and units and parts are dispatched from there.
    https://hydrovane.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Mister Vee self steering systems
    Affordable and light weight system, designed for self assembly, very suitable for smaller vessels. Based in the Netherlands
    https://windvaneselfsteering.com/
    (Added: Sun Mar 25 2007)
  • Sailomat
    The Ultimate in Sailboat Self-Steering. Specializing in state-of-the-art mechanical self-steering systems for cruising sailboats 23'-65' LOA.
    http://www.sailomat.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • Scanmar International
    If you are looking for the simplest, most durable, and accurate autopilot system used by offshore cruisers and racers around the world, then you have come to the right place. Scanmar International has been providing products for the long-distance sailor since 1977. Now in its second generation of ownership, Scanmar is best known as the world's largest manufacturer of windvane self-steering systems including the Monitor. Our expanded product line offers high quality cruising accessories geared to both power and sail. Richmond, California
    https://www.scanmarinternational.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
  • South Atlantic self steering windvane
    Servo Windvane Self Steering Gear. Powerful, sturdy, reliable. Lightweight, Simple, Very Affordable.
    http://www.south-atlantic.com.ar/
    (Added: Thu Oct 23 2008)
  • The Steersman
    Sail powered self steering gear for yachts. A better alternative to Windvane, and Autohelm systems. The Steersman uses the foresail to keep your boat on track. It senses changes in wind direction and uses the forces this creates to steer the boat. The jib-sheet, at the cockpit end is attached to a swinging platform, and a shock cord spring balances against this pull. A simple linkage is then connected from here to the helm to keep your boat on course. With a large foresail in place, it senses even the most subtle changes in the wind, making the system very effective. It's easy to set, and simple to adjust. Hungerford, Berkshire, England, UK
    https://www.steersman.net/
    (Added: Sun Jan 31 2021)
  • Voyager Windvanes Inc., Canada
    The Voyager Windvane is a servo pendulum type of selfsteering. The steering force is created by the flow of water. That energy is transmitted by the pendulum rudder and the lever arm to the wheel or tiller by means of two lines. The Voyager Windvane is constructed to last, is strong but light, is functional, simple and easy to use. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    http://www.voyagerwindvanes.com/
    (Added: Fri Jan 17 2003)
  • Windpilot
    Welcome to the world of silent self-steering. Servo-pendulum wind vanes. Practically every sailor who ever contemplated buying a WINDPILOT system already had hands-on experience of electrical autopilots. Knowing about autopilots means recognizing their shortcomings and it is likely some combination of these that has driven you to start looking for a better way. Experience shows that if you want to avoid steering by hand for the duration, you need an autopilot and a WINDPILOT! La Crescenta, California
    http://www.windpilot.com/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003)
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