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Aries Windvane Steering Gears

How it works

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When the yacht goes off course, the plywood vane through its connection linkage rotates the servo rudder from dead ahead. The water flow forces the servo rudder to one side pulling the tiller or wheel. The servo rudder has only to pull the steering lines in order to steer. It does not steer the yacht directly. The course is adjusted by pulling the course adjusting lines (called snaffle lines). These lines can be operated from inside the boat if desired.


0Tiller Steering

The movement of the steering lines is connected to the tiller by a simple clamp (bronze casting) into which fits a length of chain. This arrangement allows an instant engagement or disengagement of the gear as well as having an adjustment for weather helm. It is impossible to steer by hand with the gear working and an instant disengagement is essential.

0Wheel Steering

Instead of the steering lines being attached to a chain that locates on the tiller, the wheel steering version has the lines connecting to a hub bolted onto the vessel's wheel.

Run the lines parallel on one side (you can choose). Connect the steering lines with lines from drum with shackles. The Aries universal block is optional. You can also use normal blocks. The drum features a quick release clutch in the form of a handle enabling disengagement of the Aries instantly.

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Hydraulic Steering

It is generally considered that an Aries cannot be used on a vessel with hydraulic steering. This is not so. As long as there is no 'creep' in the system an Aries can be used. By 'creep' we mean that your wheel does not return to the same position every time. If you have 'creep' it must be removed before an Aries can be used to steer your vessel.

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Unit 13, Worle Industrial Centre, Worle,
Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England BS22 6BX
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 517288 Fax: +44 (0) 1934 520684
E-mail: info@mactrashop.co.uk
Facebook Mactra Marine Equipment on Twitter
Proud member of British Marine - leading the industry World Cruising Club Corporate Member

Please note all prices exclude VAT at 20%
Last update: 17th October 2017
© Mactra Marine Equipment