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Palstek, 2 / 2008
Mijn Boot, 07/2007
Cruising World, 4 febr. 2002
Cruising World, 5 dec. 2001
“Ragaine II” (Reinke Taranga) from Lithuania
“Happy Monster” (Najad 360)
“Fenneken” (Marieholm IF)
“Gladisant” (Albin Vega)
"Schorpioen” (Alan Buchanan one off)
* Lancelot (Kaskelot) Bram en Hanny van de Loosdrecht (NL)
“We have been sailing with our
Holland Windvane for many years on the North Sea up to the Shetlands, the
The construction is very strong, but yet the system functions very sensitive. We regard the construction made of commercially available materials of big importance to us. Our next boat will also be equipped with a Holland Windvane, that is for sure.” (2004)
* Octavus (Arcona 40).
With this racer-cruiser with water ballast
* Happy Monster (Najad 360) Hans Domselaar and Dory Janssen (NL)
* Ragaine II (Reinke
I,am very glad, that I have
* Albacora (Deltavogel, Steel long
The Albacora has been equipped with a Holland Windvane
since 1995 and made long trips from Brittany (
* Mad (Hurley 830),
Since 10 years I have been sailing -often alone- with
my sail yacht on the Baltic Sea between
I have built the small Bouvaan exclusively with the construction drawings, since there was not a building manual in German in those days. Since last year I have an excellent new handbook.
Within 14 days I manufactured and assembled the Holland Windvane in a garage on a small work bench with a vice and a column-type drilling machine without any problems. Somewhat problematic I felt a counterbalancing. But also this could be solved with the translated procedures of Hanco.
I am very content with the quality of the materials (kit), and would I not like not to miss the Holland Windvane.” (2007)
* Gambler (New Gambler 35)
The Gambler has
logged many miles, among others a double handed round trip from the
* Shirley (Westerly Storm 33) Roger Elebaut, Nieuwpoort (
…"we have only done a few test runs on days with light winds, but I am very impressed. The Windvane responds very well to wind shifts. We also ran a test with the autopilot coupled to the windvane and it performed very well. I am very satisfied.” (2003)
* Zilvermeeuw (Jeanneau Aquila) Mr. Maaskant, Lemmer (NL)
“I have bought my Holland Windvane from a friend. “She” is twelve years old and never failed or had any problems, breakdowns nor wear. How she does her job?: amazingly, indefatigable no matter how hard it blows. With strong winds she also performs better than my autopilot. Even on my previous boat, a Victoire 26 that broached frequently, the Holland Windvane did a perfect job.
If I had to choose between the engine and the Holland Windvane, I would gladly sail without engine…” (2002)
* Fenneken (Marieholm IF)
With his Marieholm
IF Hans has sailed to the Canary Islands, Madeira and the
„Because of my own experience and those of others with different Windvane selfsteering systems, the Holland Windvane stays number one for me. I have deep respect for the design.“ (2001)
* Xara (X 95) (NL)
“We bought one of the first ones second hand, it is really a delight sailing with the Holland Windvane.“ (2002, Caribbean)
* Pulsatilla (
„Since 1990 our Holland Windvane takes care for us, holding our hand free and our feet warm. “Japie”, like our windvane is called, is our pilot, a reliable extra crew member. (website: http://bsimons.net/) (2004)
* Dombo (Ovni 32),
”From the first moment on, our Holland Windvane has performed immaculately, we are very satisfied with it“. (2006,
* Goose (Amphirite 43),
are very satisfied with the Holland Windvane. We have been travelling for 5
months now and we have crossed the Biscay twice in rough conditions (40 knots
of wind and waves of approximately
* Johannes van Dijk:
few years ago we delivered a Maxi 999 from
* Noud van den Braak (Jeanneau Melody):
“……I would not know what to do
Willem van lunteren (Hartley 39):
“The Holland Windvane is a fine piece of engineering, very user friendly and reliable!!!”
Windalay II, Endurance 35 Cutter, (
Building the Holland Windvane was about what I expected in terms of difficulty and time required. What was unexpected was the difference between working with wood, which I have done quite a bit of, and working with metal, which I had never done. At first I found it a bit daunting and wondered if I would be able to finish this project after all. But, as with most things, it all gets easier as you develop a few techniques, and I ended by feeling quite confident as I approached each new section. The most difficult thing for me at first was grinding/polishing in order to get one tube to fit well inside another. I’m sure that with an expensive machine designed for the purpose that this would be simple. Like most DIYers, I work with what I can afford, which in this case was a drill and a Dremel tool, and variously shaped grinding bits. After a while I realized that polishing out the inside of one tube and polishing down the outside of the other was just time consuming – keep at it and you get there.
I was impressed with the quality of the pre-built parts – they all fit where they are supposed to, and there were adequate quantities of raw stock for the parts that need fabricating.. It requires a lot of looking at drawings to understand which part goes where, however there probably isn’t a better way to write these instructions, and it does all make sense eventually.
I decided to save up all the welding until the end, but I did take a couple of parts to my chosen welder early on to show him what I was doing and he did have a few bits of advice regarding fabrication, so I would advise anyone else to do the same.
The end result is a good looking device that seems to have almost no friction, and I’m looking forward to mounting and testing it.
April 15th, 2007
Frank van Koten and Han Niemeijer
Feniks, Aluminium ‘Brise de Mer
The fact that a Holland Windvane costs a third of a Monitor or Fleming is not our main reason for our choice. During our long voyages we were able to compare different brands and came to the conclusion that the Holland Windvane some advantages has that were important to us.
On January the 14th of 2007 after a demonstration in Hanco’s Holland Windvane workshop, we were convinced of the technical system and confident in ourselves to build a large Bouvaan.
Satisfied of our purchase we returned home with the handbook and a crate full of pipes and parts. We stuck to our schedule and built the Windvane in three weeks. The fourth week the Holland Windvane had been mounted on the stern of our Brise de Mer and we were ready for sea trials.
We were encourage to build the construction exact to the building instructions, which we found very apprehensible and included many extra building tips for us. Because of the lay out in different models we kept always a good overall picture of the process.
We had several questions that were answered by E-mail swiftly.
In the second week things developed very fast, the frame, vane unit, course mechanism and the pendulum part were functioning well according the test procedures. Not bad since we are no do-it-yourself diehards. Myself, Frank, have a career in classical music and Han earns his money in the IT branch.
building the functional units, we put them together by electric spot welding. (comment
We were able to customize the mounts on our stern because of the use of standard measurement pipes.
Beaufort winds sailed on the
We like very much that sensible parts of the Holland Windvane are protected by the pivoting frame that minimizes the effects of a collision with floating or underwater objects. In case of damage every parts can be bought in the shop or reproduced by hand with a special set of building drawings.
We like the styling and the modest size of the Holland Windvane. The ball bearings transfer the light forces of the wind to the powerful drive of the pendulum with virtually no friction. The Fleming and Aries system have a more direct transmission with gear wheels but the exposed gear is more vulnerable and has a lot more friction.
In retrospect we consider building the Holland Windvane an interesting and satisfactory experience. It was instructive and a “crew bonding process”, though it took a little more time as we anticipated.
September we plan to sail for two months to the Azores or to
Hilversum, Netherlands, 30. May 2007
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