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.
The new line up of mounting options will require a redesign of the above model. But please do get in touch is you are interested in this way of mounting!