Wind vane self steering from Mister Vee

  • Low weight
  • Affordable
  • Super sensitive
  • Customisable

The Mister Vee systems were designed to provide an alternative to the systems that had not changed significantly in decades. Those systems were (and still are) heavy, expensive and insensitive.

Low weight

From the start, the Mister Vee design was aimed at reducing weight. Finding ways to use modern plastics instead of metals had a huge impact on price, weight and ultimately, sensitivity.

Affordable

Because more parts were made of plastic, manufacturing is cheaper.
The first years, systems were shipped as a set of parts for self assembly. But at the end of 2012 Mister Vee started shipping mostly assembled systems.

Because of our focus on low weight and affordability you get an affordable high performance system in a small package: cheap world wide shipping.

Mr. Vane in a small box
Mr. Vane almost ready for shipping in the cardboard tube

Mr. Vane in a small box
Mr. Vane in the cardboard tube

Super sensitive

Because of the lower overall weight, using acetal/glass ball bearings became possible. By using these in almost all wind driven axis, the Mister Vee self steering systems are possibly the most sensitive systems around. But why would you care about that?

Windvane self steering systems use change in the direction of apparent wind to steer the boat. The lower the friction in the system is, the less apparent wind is needed to start working.

The next video shows Y&B steering with the wind from behind, the most challenging course for any windvane self steering system. Look a the clouds behind the windvane and see how quickly and smoothly a Mister Vee self steering system controls your boats course:

Gentle self steering on a running course

Customisable

The way Mister Vee systems were designed differs a lot from conventional systems.
As a result the individual parts are simpler and this makes for very easy customisation should you desire it. You can have this done for you or do the work yourself.

"All in all, the self-steering system is a well-engineered piece of equipment and I am quite pleased with the design and workmanship. Well done."

The first WALT BYO customer about his self steering system.

Bonuses in the Mister Vee designs

Theft prevention

Both the windvane and the pendulum rudder can be easily removed from the system. The valuable bits can be stored inside the boat without any hassle.
Overload protection
The mechanism that lets you disconnect the pendulumrudder also releases when the pendulumrudder is struck by something in the water.

USD Windvane

Mister Vee is the first and only company to offer systems with a windvane blade that rotates underneath its axis. Why is this important?

On down wind courses with little heel a normal vane has maximum steering ability which is mostly not necessary and can easily cause oversteering. USD (Up Side Down) windvanes are better suitable for down wind courses: they prevent oversteering. This discovery was made a couple of years ago by Dutch wind vane steering expert Jan Alkema who published his findings in sailing magazines and on the internet.

Jan Alkema with the Mister Vee USD windvane
Jan Alkema Looking at the Mister Vee version of his USD windvane concept


At just 1260 grams the complete windvane is lighter than most competitors windvane-counterweight!

The Unique USD windvane enhances performance

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