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comparison of self steering systems

Braine Gear, Fisher linkage, vane gear, and servo-pendulum

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Israel Walker18/04/2021 21:07:53
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Greetings from across the pond! I'm interested in applying model self steering systems (like Braine gear) to a dinghy sized boat. I can't seem to find a meaningful comparison of the pros and cons of Braine gear versus Fisher linkage vane gear, or how those two compare to full scale systems like Hyrdrovane or servo-pendulum gear. Thanks in advance.

Charles Oates19/04/2021 08:46:10
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Hopefully you'll get a good reply from someone on here. You could also look at the web pages for the model yachting association.


Richard Simpson19/04/2021 09:06:42
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It might well be worth asking the membership of the Vintage Model Yacht Group as well here:

Some of their members post on here as well so you should get some help.

This was one of their show displays a couple of years ago in Doncaster:



Edited By Richard Simpson on 19/04/2021 09:10:06

Tony Hadley19/04/2021 09:16:38
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There was a discussion about Vane on this site here -


From the Vintage Model Yacht Group's site re: Braine and Vane -


Israel Walker19/04/2021 17:03:52
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Thank you all for the links. I've read everything I could on this forum, which was what lead me to post the question here, but the second link is new to me and I look forward to reading it. Specifically what I am struggling to understand is a person would choose one option over the other, and why small yachts use servo-pendulum and the like instead of the scaled up vane gear.

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