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Y&B is the latest self steering system from Mister Vee to be made from modern plastics. As a result it is the lightest full size windvane self steering system ever!
Boat size: up to 12 meter/36 feet (bigger may work too, please get in touch for details)
Weight: 10 kgs/22 lbs including mounting kit
Mountings: Suitable for all transom types, with or without transom hung rudder
Very light weight. Carbon- and glass fiber tubes, High Efficiency HD foam pendulum rudder. Super versatile mounting kit included. Comes with long pendulum rudder as standard. Can also be used for most wheel steered boats (requires connection to emergency tiller or a wheel adapter).
Y&B is also available in a minimal version if you want to save some money or make a custom mounting, have a look in the webshop.
Y&B's easy mounting system
Y&B mounting kit in short
- Suitable for just about every transom
- Can be combined with some off centre outboard engine mountings
- No need to pay for expensive custom manufacturing
- No need to pay someone for locally made custom mounting brackets
Y&B super versatile mounting kit
Y&B's mounting system has been designed to suit any transom.
No matter what size your boat is, you only need to choose whether or not to buy an extra mounting tubes.
Y&B standard comes with tubes F (450mm) and R (550mm) cut to size and tubes M in one 1450 mm piece. Extra 1450 mm tubes M can be ordered if the transom requires it.
Flat and vertical (1), positive (2) or negative (3/4), with or without a transom hung rudder.
Standard Y&B needs to be mounted at between 70 and 110 cm (2-3')above the water line. Should you require a lower mounting, please contact Mister Vee to check for options.
Y&B standard comes with tubing for mounting the system close to a fairly flat and vertical transom. You will mount the system as high as possible, as close to the transom as possible. Drill 4 holes in the transom and connect with nuts on the inside. Usually you will not need extra tubes if your transom is of type 1, 2 or 3 when the angle is less than 20 degrees off vertical.
Where with most self steering systems you will need a complex custom made mounting bracket if your boats transom is not close to flat and vertical, Y&B offers a complete (thus inexpensive) solution included with the system.
If your boat has a more extreme transom, like a scoop or canoe stern, or the boat has a transom hung rudder, you will probably need longer tubes. These can be included with your purchase.
Extra low mountings
If the top of your transom is lower than 70 cm/2' the standard pendulum rudder may end up being too low in the water. Please contact us for alternative mounting options and include some dimensions on your boat.
If your boat has an outboard engine, Y&B can often be fitted alongside the outboard. Contact us for more information. Please send a picture of the situation.
Connecting the system to the boat
To connect the system to the boat you will need to drill 4 holes in to the transom. With most boats the inside of the transom is accessible from the inside. Having someone to help you with parts of the job is a great time saver.
But if you do not have access to the inside it will be possible to BOND the system to the boat! Please contact us if you need more information on this.
As with all servo pendulum systems you will need to guide the systems steering lines from the transom to the tiller or wheel with some blocks (not included).
But no matter what kind of mounting you will need to make, with Y&B the basic process is the same for all situations.
And of course Mister Vee will be happy to support you every step of the way!
These are the steps that are taken in the mounting procedure:
- Choose the configuration based on your type of transom and where you can/or want to drill the top 2 holes.
- Suspend the system behind the transom with ropes and position the system at the correct distance from the transom+correct height
- Determine the length of the top mounting tubes and cut them to size
- Add the mounting brackets to the tubes
- Reposition the system on the ropes, check if the height is correct and the system is plumb, then mark and drill the top two holes
- Fasten the top two brackets
- Determine the length of the bottom tubes in combination with where they will (need to) connect to the boat
- Connect them with fasteners
Steering line path: Low or High
After the system is mounted you need attach the steering lines and guide them to the tiller.
The blue boat in the pictures on this website has the tiller on the cockpit floor and a hole in the transom. Getting the steering lines to the tiller is easiest when the steering lines are lead down from the pendulum arm.
But for most boats it is easiest to lead the steering lines up and over the deck.
Y&B is the only system that offers both options of a low and a high path for the steering lines, as standard.