Mister Vee is constantly on the lookout for new ideas to add to the self steering solutions. This is where those ideas are presented.
Very recently a new one-design small racing yacht was announced, together with plans for an ocean race in 2024. Class rules say that commercial windvane self steering systems are allowed. Which is great!
Your Mister Vee pondered on what the requirements for such a self steering system would be. Most of this is already part of the Mister Vee heritage, but for this particular boat, something was missing not only in the Mister Vee line up, it was missing in all currently available windvane self steering systems:
A windvane self steering systems with most of the system above rather than behind the boats transom hung rudder.
Having most parts above the rudder means that everything is closer to the cockpit and therefore easier to operate. But just as importantly, it puts the weight further forward, closer to the boats centre of gravity.
The image above shows a configuration on a vertical transom, but a semi custom version for angled transoms is in the pipe line too!
The rudder above has a chord of 300 mm but the production method allows for bigger rudders too. The vane base can be made in virtually any length, allowing much bigger rudders.
This system on your boat summer 2020?
We are contemplating making a small batch of this system for delivery before summer 2020.
If you are interested in purchasing as part of this extra batch, please contact Mister Vee via the contact form.
DIY self steering
In the Mister Vee road map survey a while back, the statement that was most chosen by respondents was:
"I would like the Mister Vee systems to have a lower purchase price"
So your Mister Vee started up the design software and set to work.
Read more on WoodenB's development page (click)