The first Monitor windvane was made in 1975 in the garage of a retired Southern California engineer. Scanmar started selling windvanes in 1977 and purchased the Monitor project in 1981 when only a few hundred vanes had been produced. Scanmar brought practical knowledge to the business, based on a 1970-76 circumnavigation that the current owner Hans Bernwall and his sailing partner had done with FIA, their 40 ft Alden cutter. In those days there was no windvane on the market that fit their boat and they had to make their own. After considerable time and expense the result was an auxiliary rudder system with a trimtab. With this background, it was a natural for Scanmar to specialize in wind-vane self-steering.
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Today the company is the leading manufacturer of windvanes, selling self-steering systems worldwide. Scanmar is in a rare situation. We can recommend the right gear for the right boat because we manufacture three different brands of windvanes, all working with different principles and suitable for different boats. The best windvane for most boats is the Monitor Servo Pendulum gear. For some boats the Auto-Helm Auxiliary Rudder/Trimtab is better and for others the Saye's Rig Pendulum Trimtab on Main Rudder. Our recommendations are based on our own circumnavigation, half a lifetime in the self-steering business and more importantly, feedback from thousands of cruising sailors over many years.
Since the beginning, we have acted as consultants and sold windvanes to well-known, single handed racers worldwide. E-mail, Fax, phone and inexpensive airfreight make it possible to deal directly with the Monitor factory from any place in the world. For our customers this means better service and savings in time and money.
Geoff Pack, the late former Editor of Yachting Monthly, England, sailed many years with a Monitor on his Esprit 37 Kiskadee.
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