Trim Tab Wind Vane Self Steering for Sale
: Auto-helm windvane
. See the full details here: http://www.selfsteer.com/products/autohelm/index.php
This system uses a horizontal axis wind vane
to control a trim-tab on its own fully independent rudder
. No connection to your boatís steering
system is necessary. Great for a boat
with hydraulic steering
or a center cockpit
, or as a way to add an emergency
rudder and wind
vane at the same time.
It came off a 24 000lb 36 foot long ferro-cement cruiser and Iím sure it could steer something larger.
Note, the gear
is not new. The mounting brackets are heavily corroded and need to have sections of pipe replaced. The anodized aluminum
piping is not too hard to come by. There is a little tiny bit of cracking in the aluminum
aero-foil. Building a spare aero-foil out of plywood
should be easy, a spare vane is always carried by offshore
reflects the fact that a bit of work
is required; however, itís not much more than would be required to adapt any wind-vane to a new boat
. Adapting to any different boat
would require new pipes in the mounting because this bracket was custom made for my old boat.
I believe the gear
is about 10-15 years old and spent most that time in storage
. The corrosion
Iíve mentioned here is all galvanic caused by using stainless-steel fasteners and washers without isolating the stainless from the aluminum. The corrosion
is not from age and time at sea. The rudder and trim tab (being all fiberglass
and stainless steel) are in remarkably good shape.
The gear was taken off the boat to be re-built, but then the boat was sold. Some small parts
(nut, bolts etc) likely got misplaced. However; the key valuable components are all there and in good shape.
PM me an email
address and I will send a few high-res photos you can zoom in on.