General self steering

Centre cockpit: Will windvane self steering work?

A boat with a centre cockpit requires longer steering lines and more guide blocks than a boat with a normal cockpit.

This can easier lead to more stretch and less responsive steering. Combining that with wheel steering kan make things even more complicated.
On a wheel steered boat there often is a reduction between the wheel and the rudder. If that reduction is done with hydraulics, Mister Vee do not offer self steering for your boat. The hydraulics have too much internal friction for a standard servo pendulum system to overcome.

Where do I find the manuals?

The manual for using your Vee (and servo pendulum systems in general) can be found in the Mister Vee brochure in the download section.

The assembly manuals are available as PDF files. Access to these files is enabled when your system is shipped.
You need to be logged in to access them. They can be reached from a menu further down the website.

Can I combine my self steering system with other gear on the transom?

A lot of boats have equipment mounted on the transom, close to where the self steering unit needs to be.
Experience has shown that it is easier to remove this equipment, then mount the windvane self steering and then remount the other equipment.
But if you have some equipment that is really difficult to move somewhere else, please send us an email so we can have a look at the options.

Can windvane self steering be used on a multi hull or fast mono hull?

Windvane self steering can not cope with constant acceleration followed by slowing down.

When the boat accelerates to a significantly higher speed, the direction of the apparent wind changes. The windvane will steer the boat away from the wind, changing the total balance of boat and windvane.
The boat can then easily lose power from the sails and the system starts to steer back in to the wind.
This means that it may not be possible to steer an ultra light displacement boat or multi hull.

Is windvane self steering practical on a very small boat?

If you have a (very) small boat you may wonder if it can be useful to set up a windvane self steering system.
Usually that will depend on two things: The kind of sailing you do how windvane self steering compares to the alternatives.
If you never go sailing for more than two hours then for most it would be pointless. But if you always get too tired when you sail longer that 2 hours but you actually would like to go futher, then windvane self steering may be the ticket to Vreedom.