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An Ingenious Emergency Steering System Is Now Available

By doina — last modified Dec 13, 2007 10:46 AM

Published: 2007-12-13 10:46:16
Topics: Equipment

Possibly the worst emergency that can befall a sailing yacht at sea is the loss of its steering. In recent years hardly any sailing yacht has been abandoned after losing its mast but the crews of several boats had to be rescued and their boats abandoned after losing their steering. Peter Forthmann, the inventor and manufacturer of the Windpilot selfsteering system, has now come up with a simple and efficient solution to this age-long problem.

Facing the increasing number of rudder failures on modern sailing boats Windpilot has now added an emergency rudder to the Windpilot range to help those who do not have an auxiliary rudder on their boat.

The Windpilot SOS emergency rudder is ideal both for boats that already use a Windpilot Pacific unit and for those that have no windvane system but still want the peace of mind that comes with an emergency rudder.

Thanks to Windpilot's vast global database, which contains details of just about every sailing yacht ever to enter series production, Windpilot can supply a suitable, custom-prepared system for any boat.

The development of the SOS emergency rudder is the logical next step in the evolution of the Windpilot product range, which now comprises the following produts:

  • servo-pendulum self-steering systems,
  • double rudder systems and
  • emergency rudder systems

All of these are manufactured under the company¹s flexible modular concept. The benefits for customers worldwide are as simple as they are invaluable: perfectly matched systems that are astonishingly easy to install!

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