self steering on short boats

this bloke

Richard Brooksby

spent the winter building a wind vane - and wrote aome excellent blogs about it

sailed across to Holland this year in his junk rigged Coromandel using a home built self steering device called the Hebridean
and here is his video of using the device

I love the idea of wind vanes.....

but I have never seen one on the back of a Centaur

(looking for one still)


This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

6 Responses to “self steering on short boats”

  1. 15 September, 2015 at 10:02 amRichard Brooksby says:

    Just to say that I took two weeks off work in July 2015 to build it, taking about 100 hours, then took it sailing in August. The whole story is here<

    Thanks Dylan!

  2. 15 September, 2015 at 11:05 amRick Peterson says:

    Check out (picture 18 in their gallery.) Sadly Seafeather are currently in the process of closing down their manufacturing operation.
    They may however have refurbished items available I am told.

    Mind you, any new windvane is going to cost about as much as you’d pay for a boat, Dylan.


    PS I know all this because I’ve just bought myself a second hand one.

  3. 15 September, 2015 at 12:01 pmMartin Roberts says:

    We enjoyed a fantastic down wind sail across the North sea with this amazing contraption doing most of the hard work. There were a few trials, but the difference between sitting in the rain hand steering and letting this device do the work is almost too difficult to quantify. I kept looking back at this almost magical being sitting on the stern un-phased by waves and wind.


  4. 15 September, 2015 at 2:16 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Concerns about the power-drain of the Dalek? Or it’s lack of a wind-steering-mode?

    Linked through a chart-plotter the Dalek can be slaved to the mast-head wind-vane rather than the magnetic compass. And modern solar-panels do wonders charging the batteries these days, even just 2 or 3 panels.

    On the boat-vids I’ve seen, for a small boat mechanical wind-vanes tend to snake-about quite a bit vs. a mechanical-servo system. On a larger offshore boat with the long-keel and a lot more directional-inertia, wind-vane rudder systems are valuable for long off-shore transits.

  5. 16 September, 2015 at 6:27 amJonathan Sharman says:

    Martin, good to hear from you again. Respect for taking you boat across the North Sea. Are you still sailing you Blue brick?

  6. 16 September, 2015 at 1:38 pmMartin Roberts says:

    I didn’t sail Applecross across the North Sea. Towards the end of the film you can see me with Richard on Tammynorie.

    A great adventure

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