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An Aries windvane self-steering gear on the stern of s/y Alacazam

There's no arguing that steering a sailing boat by hand can be very exhilarating - but not for hour after hour. Even the most dedicated helmsman will sooner or later be looking to engage the autopilot. 

And these days, odds are it will be an electrically driven one.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, providing you have the means to generate sufficient power to satiate the beast's prodigious appetite for your precious amps.

But reliability isn't one of their strong points either, so you could find yourself back on the helm before too long.

Of course you know where this is heading - I'm going to start singing the praises of windvane self-steering gears.

Well yes, guilty as charged!



But just look at the evidence...

  • They use no electricity;
  • They're mechanically robust, reliable and easily maintained;
  • They steer to the apparent wind direction, so there's no need for constant sail trimming.


"OK", you say, "I'm convinced - but I have a few questions..."

"Just how do wind vane systems keep the boat on course?"

"I know there are different types of windvane self-steering systems available but how do they compare?"

"Does the size of my boat have any bearing on the vane gear I should choose?"

"My boat has a centre cockpit. Is there a vane gear design that's compatible with this type of layout?"

"My boat's got wheel steering. Does this rule out a windvane self-steering system?"

Good questions! The answers to which are set out - in detail - in Andrew Simpson's new eBook 'Secrets of Windvane Self Steering'.

But Andrew Simpson doesn't stop there. He goes on to review the most popular types of vane gears currently available, including:~

'Secrets of Wind Vane Self-Steering' eBook
  • Aries
  • Auto-helm
  • Auto Steer
  • Fleming
  • Cape Horn
  • Hydrovane
  • Monitor
  • Sailomat
  • Saye's Rig
  • Sea Feather
  • Vectavane


Getting The Best Out Of Your Windvane
Self Steering Gear

Miraculous though these devices might seem, there are limits to what they can achieve. Self-Steering issues are likely to occur with the extremes of sailboat designs - very heavy monohulls, very light designs (especially multihulls) and flat-bottomed, beamy designs.

Andrew explains the cause of these problems and outlines the measures that can be taken to help Wind Vane Self-Steering Gears earn their keep.


Who's This eBook For?

Anyone who...

  • has a general interest in vane gears and wants to get a good insight as to how they work;
  • is thinking of purchasing a new or used windvane gear for his boat and wants to avoid buying an unsuitable model;
  • already has a vane gear installed, but feels he's not getting the best out of it;


So How Much Does 'Secrets of Windvane Self Steering' Cost?

Incredibly, you can be reading this excellent, easy to understand and lavishly illustrated eBook in the next few minutes for

just $4.99!

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Just One More Thing...

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"I'm so sure that you'll be absolutely delighted with your purchase that I'll refund the price you paid in full if you're dissatisfied in any way". Dick McClary, Owner of Sailboat-Cruising.com

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