Your Mister Vee tries to operate normally as far as possible, which at the moment is limited primarily by availability of school for Miss Vee.
As it has just been decided that all schools will close, Mister and Missus Vee will need to share taking care of Miss Vee, making workshop time more limited. Products that have all parts in stock can still be assembled but it may be hard to find time to manufacture parts that are out of stock.
There may also be delays in shipping.
Orders that have been placed before Sunday 15th of March are in the process of being fulfilled.
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.
After Plastimo stopped manufacturing Navik self steering systems, Mister Vee got permission to make replacement parts for Navik.
"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."
Super precise steering
The combination of design choices and low friction materials gives a very responsive system resulting in steering with very little zig or zag.
Mister Vee isthe first and onlycompany 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 which results in a zig-zag course.
USD (Up Side Down) windvanes are better suitable for down wind courses: less zig-zagging is safer.
This discovery was made by Dutch wind vane steering expertJan Alkemawho published his findings in sailing magazines and on the internet.
Jan Alkema Looking at the Mister Vee version of his USD windvane concept
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.
Super sensitive+UpSideDown=Stable course
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 force is needed to start working.
Compare the next video of Y&B steering to similar videos.
The wind from behind is the most challenging course for any windvane self steering system. Look a the clouds behind the windvane and seehow 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:
Y&B, the only available windvane self steering system below 10 kg/22LBS.
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. Overload protection
The mechanism that lets you disconnect the pendulumrudder also releases when the pendulumrudder is struck by something in the water.
For more information about the Mister Vee self steering systems, please download the complete brochure from the download section.
Please click the product images below for detailed information.
Prices on the Mister Vee website include 21% Netherlands VAT(sales tax).
This is only charged on orders for shipping to EU countries and will be left out of the overview after the shipping details have been entered on checkout.
If your order does not include shipping, this will be added manually at cost.
Orders for Navik parts will include a EU 6.-- handling fee .
Get the brochure
Download the Mister Vee product brochure, including user manual and trouble shooting section, from the download page!