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Wind vane self steering from Mister Vee
Mister Vee self steering started out from a need to solve a particular mounting problem, on a small boat with a centrally mounted outboard engine.
Even though the resulting system (Mr. Vane) is no longer on offer, its legacy is still at the heart of Mister Vee windvane self steering.
"First of all I'd like say, I am very pleased with my Mr. Vane which I
finally mounted on my Hurley 22. It worked perfectly on the first try."
The Mister Vee systems were designed to provide an alternative to the systems that had not changed significantly in decades. Those systems were (and actually still are) heavy, expensive and not very sensitive.
From the start the Mister Vee systems aim to be the lightest, to suit smaller boats, and at the affordable end of the market of self steering systems.
After Plastimo stopped manufacturing Navik self steering systems, Mister Vee got permission from Plastimo to make replacement parts for Navik.
From the start, the Mister Vee design was aimed at reducing weight. Finding ways to use modern plastics instead of metals had a huge impact on weight and ultimately, sensitivity.
Besides plastics, of which some are fibre reinforced, other parts need properties that plastics cannot meet.
Where mechanical requirements or cost effectiveness dictate it, stainless steel is used. Where possible this is 316 grade.
Standard parts where possible
One key way to keep costs down is to use standard parts and materials wherever possible.
This is very visible in the Mister Vee UpSideDown windvane.
Because of its design it only requires a small counter weight. Where every other system utilises a big lump of lead, Mister Vee use a stack of stainless steel washers, a very cost effective solution.
Because of the lower overall weight, using acetal/glass ball bearings became possible. By using these in almost all wind driven axis, the Mister Vee self steering systems are possibly the most sensitive systems around. But why would you care about that?
Windvane self steering systems use change in the direction of apparent wind to steer the boat. The lower the friction in the system is, the less apparent wind is needed to start working.
The next video shows Y&B steering with the wind from behind, the most challenging course for any windvane self steering system. Look a the clouds behind the windvane and see how quickly and smoothly a Mister Vee self steering system controls your boats course:
Gentle self steering on a running course
The way Mister Vee systems were designed differs a lot from conventional systems.
As a result the individual parts are simpler and this makes for very easy customisation should you desire it. You can have this done for you or do the work yourself.
"All in all, the self-steering system is a well-engineered piece of equipment and I am quite pleased with the design and workmanship. Well done."
The first WALT BYO customer about his self steering system.
Mister Vee currently carry one product line:
New systems are currently on the drawing board.
These systems share the majority of the mechanical components and when mounted correctly will offer similar performance.
They differ in the options they offer for mounting.
The Standard version of Y&B includes a super versatile mounting kit that allows for most transoms.
Y&B can also be easily be customised to suit a particular mounting need.
Bonuses in the Mister Vee designs
Both the windvane and the pendulum rudder can be easily removed from the system. The valuable bits can be stored inside the boat without any hassle.
The mechanism that lets you disconnect the pendulumrudder also releases when the pendulumrudder is struck by something in the water.
Mister Vee is the first and only company to offer systems with a windvane blade that rotates underneath its axis. Why is this important?
On down wind courses with little heel a normal vane has maximum steering ability which is mostly not necessary and can easily cause oversteering. USD (Up Side Down) windvanes are better suitable for down wind courses: they prevent oversteering. This discovery was made a couple of years ago by Dutch wind vane steering expert Jan Alkema who published his findings in sailing magazines and on the internet.
Jan Alkema Looking at the Mister Vee version of his USD windvane concept
At just 1260 grams the complete windvane is lighter than most competitors windvane-counterweight!
The Unique USD windvane enhances performance