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BIG NEWS!
Scanmar Acquires the AnchorRescue Product Line from Boxer Marine

Scanmar International, Inc. today announced it has acquired Boxer Marine’s AnchorRescue product line. As part of the agreement, Scanmar will also assume support for existing AnchorRescue customers upon completion of the acquisition. Headquartered in Cushing, Maine, Boxer Marine’s AnchorRescue system allows for retrieval of your valuable anchor assets when traditional means of recovery fail.

“The cost of an anchor and associated rode are often far beyond that of replacement.” says Mike Scheck, President of Scanmar. “Safety is compromised and depending on your location, a replacement anchoring system may not be available, impacting your cruising schedule. The AnchorRescue system is the first in a line of new products we plan to announce, all designed by cruisers for cruisers, yet addressing the needs of all boaters.”

Visit our AnchorRescue website: www.anchorrescue.com

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EMERGENCY STEERING SYSTEM OPTIONS
Looking for an emergency steering system? Go to Emergency Steering Systems in our FAQ section for a complete description of the systems we offer. If you're planning on purchasing a Monitor, or already have one, you can easily retrofit our M-Rud emergency steering conversion kit. If you want the security of full-time emergency steering capability along with windvane selfsteering, look at our Auto-helm auxiliary rudder system. If you don't want a windvane, and want just an emergency steering system, our SOS Rudder is the solution.

MONITOR vs HYDROVANE
Up until now Scanmar has never mentioned competitors by name when discussing windvanes. We have produced a 'Windvanes 101' document that describes windvanes by their operating principles, and it has helped our clients to decide which system is best for their boat. However, we've seen that Hydrovane is making thinly veiled comparisons with our Monitor servo-pendulum system, and some statements, we believe, need answering. So, Hans Bernwall, the owner here, has produced a comparison document. You can see it in the FAQ section of our website here

SERVO-PENDULUM vs. AUXILIARY RUDDER SYSTEMS?
If you're unfamiliar with selfsteering, and don't know how servopendulum and auxiliary rudder systems work, visit Windvanes 101 for a complete crash course about windvane selfsteering.

HAVE AN ELECTRICAL AUTOPILOT? WHY NOT GET A WINDVANE TOO?
An electronic selfsteering system works well when you're motoring, but do you really want to listen to your generator powering your autopilot when you're under sail? Remember, a windvane system draws no power, is silent, and costs nothing to run. A comprehensive discussion about both types of selfsteering can be found in our Windvane vs. Autopilot section.


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NEW MONITOR MOUNT FOR BOATS WITH A BOARDING LADDER
Owners of boats with a central stern ladder on a reverse-slope transom who desire to use a windvane have had to make a sometimes difficult choice - lose the use of the ladder, or install a windvane well off-center - a solution that Scanmar does not recommend (see the page Offset Windvane Mount in our FAQ section).

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Our new Sloped Swing-Gate mount solves the problem. A Monitor servo-pendulum windvane can be mounted on boat centerline straddling the stern ladder. The entire unit can be swung away to either side by removing the opposite locking pin, or it can be quickly removed by removing both pins.
Please contact us for details.

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WANT TO SEE A MONITOR AT WORK?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth? If you want to see a Monitor in action on a tiller-steered boat, click here to see Graham Rabbitts' Monitor steering his Rustler 36 "Ariadne" in the Solent. (Please be patient; allow about 30 seconds for the download.)
For wheel-steered boats, here's Laura and Ross Emerson's Valiant 40, and Evan Waite's Swan47. We have a video of Bruce Balan's Cross 45 Mk. II trimaran crossing the Sea of Cortez. Finally, here's a clip taken on Harley Earl's Hans Christian 41T. "Here is a short video clip Jen and I shot in a clear air gale (35-40kts) that pushed us on a broad reach while on the way from NZ to S. Minerva Reef in May 2005. I hand steered for 20 minutes until my arms ached. The Monitor (Juliet) steered through the gale for 18 hours without incidence."

GOT QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS QUICKLY!
Are you looking for answers to specific questions about windvanes? You'll probably find the answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Monitor Windvane Monitor Windvane
  • Servo-pendulum principle
  • Stainless construction - stainless reputation
  • "The most popular windvane ever built" Bluewater Sailing, November 2003
  • Rated #1 in the ARC survey.
  • The ONLY windvane in BOC/AROUND ALONE
SwingGate SwingGate
  • Optional mounting system for the Monitor windvane for boats with swim platforms.
  • The SwingGate mounting allows the entire Monitor to swing to the side.
Auto-Helm Auto-Helm
  • Auxiliary rudder/trimtab principle For the skipper who want the security of an emergency rudder and dislikes lines in the cockpit
  • The ideal windvane for boats with davits.
Saye's Rig Saye's Rig
  • Unique pendulum/trimtab on main rudder principle.
  • The favorite windvane for very large boats with hydraulic steering
SOS SOS
  • Stainless steel emergency rudder that can be stored in your lazarette.
  • For the Cruising skipper without a windvane and for the racing skipper to meet ORC safety rules.