Helm Buddy II

For yachts between 6m to 8m LOA (20ft to 26ft) and which have a jib-sheet winch.

The view below shows the port side Helm Buddy Platform fitted to the cockpit coaming.  Please note, the winch is not included.

The maximum size of winch is where the base diameter is no more than 120mm (4.7 inches).

Example models – Anderson 18ST, Lewmar 14ST)

The light blue line is the jib sheet, and the red lines are the shock cord spring. The winch must be a self-tailing type.

The link to the tiller is via a normal tiller extension as shown below.

The arrangement shown here is for up wind sailing.  For down wind sailing, the shock cord spring is fitted forward of the winch, and the jib-sheet is led around a block at the stern, then back up to the platform, and cleated off on the winch.

The platforms can also be fitted astern of the jib-sheet winches as shown here:

Platforms fitted astern of the Jib-Sheet Winches


The Helm Buddy II kit includes:

1 Starboard platform

1 Port side platform

2 Spring kits

1 Tiller extension connecting fitting

2 turning blocks (to be fitted to the stern and used for downwind sailing)

Full instructions


newly fitted to a Catalina 22, ready for launching

The Template

To help position the Helm Buddy on your boat, please download the template below, and print out with a scale of 1:1 on an A3 sheet.

Click here to download the Helm Buddy II Template

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