DIY Wind Vane Design Features
All other wind vane designs rely on the pendulum being able to swing independent
of the vane base which is fixed to the boat. Consequently the push-rod
connection with the vane is difficult for DIY construction, and tends to be
loose and fragile.
The Hebridean has the vane base floating free of the boat supported on a frame
that also supports the pendulum, so the push-rod connection with the vane is
It is the frame that pivots in a socket at the stern which allows the pendulum
to swing from side to side correcting course as the vane deflects in the wind.
As it does, it also damps the vane to stop over-steering. The end result is the
same as all other servo pendulum wind vanes except that the vane is damped by
Read more about it on the PDF.
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