The Unique, Pendulum Trimtab-on-Main-Rudder Windvane Simplicity
The outstanding feature of the Sayes Rig is its simplicity. A direct drive controls the boats own rudder. No auxiliary rudder. No lines to the cockpit.
The Sayes Rig has a vertical airvane which controls the pendulum trimtab. The force of the water flow on the trimtab moves the tiller arm which is attached to the boats rudder.
The Sayes Rig is suitable for many boats. It is the ideal self-steering gear for very large boats with traditional transoms and/or boats with:
- Hydraulic Steering
- High Freeboard
- Center Cockpit/Aft Cabin
- Transom Davits
- Mizzen Boom
- Transom Mounted Swim Ladder
Strength and Durability
Over dimensioned bronze castings and stainless steel pipe guarantee freedom from corrosion and superior strength. Solid fiberglass trimtab. Spare parts kit not needed.
Since 1973, many successful ocean crossings and circumnavigations have proven the reliability and performance of the gear.
Length of airvane mast, pendulum shaft and tiller arm customized to fit each individual boat.
Universal bronze mounting bracket is attached to the hull using two half-inch bolts. Two stainless steel rudder plates on the boats rudder hold the tiller arm.
Easy to Remove and Store
Pendulum shaft and mast/airvane can be easily and safely removed and stored leaving only the small bracket on transom.
A small, inexpensive tiller type autopilot, using minimal power, can be rigged to control the Sayes Rig. The Sayes Rig in turn drives the main rudder. Steer by the wind or by compass.
If the connection controlling the boats rudder is broken, the boat can be easily steered by moving the mast/airvane by hand or with a small autopilot.
Totally Independent of Electricity
The Sayes Rigs customized attachment system makes installation easy on most boats. It is used on boats up to 65 feet. Installation plans for hundreds of cruising boats are on file. Send us as much information as possible about your boat. We will make an installation drawing and recommendation at no charge or obligation.
Manufactured and sold factory direct by Scanmar International