The perfect alternative to windvane and autohelm self stearing gear

No ugly windvane hanging off the stern and no battery draining autohelm
The Steersman port side
  • Easy to use
  • Blends in with the cockpit design
  • Ruggedly built - should last a lifetime
  • Eco friendly - no batteries needed
Sir Robin Knox-Johnson

The Steersman is a truly innovative product that can bring a new dimension of enjoyment and safety to sailing

Sir Robin Knox-Johnson

Simple Design

The Steersman uses the foresail to keep your boat on track. It senses changes in wind direction and uses the forces this creates to steer the boat. The jib-sheet, at the cockpit end is attached to a swinging platform, and a shock cord spring balances against this pull. A simple linkage is then connected from here to the helm to keep your boat on course. With a large foresail in place, it senses even the most subtle changes in the wind, making the system very effective. It's easy to set, and simple to adjust.

Effective and compact

Unlike wind-vane systems the whole unit is contained within the cockpit area, so it is not prone to damage from freak waves or manoeuvrings in harbour. It uses the foresail, which is much larger, and hence more effective than a wind-vane particularly in lighter winds. Also, it doesn't block out the stern for other uses such as mountings for aerials, boarding ladders, davits etc. And, there is no drain on the batteries. The Steersman follows the wind from a light breeze to a strong gale, ensuring maximum speed all the time.

Haven Academy award winner 2012

Winner of the 2012 Haven Academy Award for Innovation

Cost effective

Less expensive than windvane self steering gear, The Steersman is ruggedly built and designed to last the life of the boat. It needs minimal maintenance; just a simple application of grease once a year when servicing the winches.

Fitting is Straightforward

The Steersman is straightforward to install, just follow the plans which we provide. We will always make ourselves available at the end of the phone if you need help. Read our guides on how to install The Steersman on your boat.

Alternatively, contact us and we will put you in touch with a trusted installer.

Why not contact us for a no obligation quote?

Please use the contact form to get in touch and we will provide you with a no obligation quote. It would be helpful if you could provide the following details in your message:

  • Make and model of the Boat, or boat length and sail area of the foresail or genoa
  • Is your boat tiller or wheel steered?