Category Archives: Steersman story

The Helm Buddy take to the sea

We recently installed a Helm Buddy on a 21ft Snapdragon, which is moored on the Isle of Wight. Once the installation was completed, we took her out for a test sail out in the sea. We also took some pictures of the installation and a video of the test sail. Here they all are, edited […]

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Twitter conversation

A recent conversation I had on Twitter Conrad: Thanks for the follow Rob! Why does the Steersman trump an autopilot? Steersman: Because it doesn’t drain the batteries. It uses the wind pressure in the foresail to steer the boat. Conrad: How much control have you got over it? Or is it the kind of system […]

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It can happen to anyone

A guy I spoke to last summer told me how he had sailed across the English Channel to France with his wife and small children. Unfortunately soon after they arrived in Cherbourg a storm blew up and the family refused to sail back home with him. Instead, they all caught the cross channel ferry back […]

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and me

46 years ago on 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot (9.8-metre) sailing boat Suhaili. His was one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe race which was to challenge the competitors to circumnavigation the globe single handed. Despite losing his self-steering gear off Australia, he rounded Cape Horn on 17 January 1969, […]

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The Steersman and the power boat

A few years ago while we were still learning about The Steersman, we were sailing in light winds with a fairly calm sea a  few miles off shore. There was just the two of us on board Tom, my son, and me. There were no other boats about and we had popped down below in […]

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Steersman tale

Last summer when sailing along the South Coast, we were heading towards a marker buoy. As we got closer it became more clear that we were likely to hit it. We were sailing on a narrow to beam reach at the time, and the Steersman was steering the boat. In order to avoid the buoy, […]

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The Steersman launches a new website

Welcome to our new website.   So what’s new ? Answer – A complete new product range. And here it is: The Steersman Helm Buddy is for smaller yachts with no jib sheet winch, and typically the jib or foresail size is between 6 – 15 sq m The Steersman Venturer is our middle range […]

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Steersman Wins the 2012 Haven Academy Award for Innovation

This year’s Haven Academy Award for Boating Innovation has been won by a new self-steering gear design for small yachts. Called ‘The Steersman’ by its designer Robert Chicken, it provides greater safety at sea by providing a reliable self-steering system which is not reliant on battery power. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman of the Haven Academy […]

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