Foresail Powered Instant Reaction self steering gear for yachts
Winner of the 2012 Havan Academy Award for Innovation
An eco-friendly solution to self steering
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. Then, a simple linkage connected from here to the helm steers the boat. With a large foresail in place, even the most subtle changes in the wind are the sensed, 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.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnson
"The Steersman is a truly innovative product that can bring a new dimension of enjoyment and safety to sailing"