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Saye's Rig - FAQ's

1. Windvane material - What material is the Saye's Rig made of?

The Saye’s Rig base assembly is made of bronze and the mast, tiller assembly and pendulum shaft in 316 stainless steel. The airvane itself is made of traditional white sailcloth making the Saye’s Rig look right at home on the transom of a classic sailing yacht.

2. Distributors and resellers - Do you have distributors and resellers I can buy from and receive service? Scanmar windvanes are manufactured at our facility in San Leandro, California. In addition to selling factory-direct, we have established strategic relationships with select resellers in Europe and New Zealand. These resellers sell and service Scanmar’s windvanes and provide expert consultation.  

3. What model Saye's Rig do I need?
The Saye's Rig is available in two models, one with a tiller arm length of 5' or less and the other with a tiller arm between 5 and 10'.  The length of the tiller arm is determined during the design process and is roughly the distance from the transom forward to the front of the rudder. Installation of the Saye's Rig is typically done during a haul out.

4. Customer service - What service can I expect after I buy a Scanmar windvane?
Scanmar is recognized for both the quality of our gear and superlative customer service. Our customers receive expert advice, help, and support both pre and post sale. Expert consultation is available by phone and email during normal business hours Monday thru Friday Pacific time. We maintain a stock of parts for all of our products to allowing us to respond quickly to the needs of our customers worldwide.

4. Hydraulic steering systems – Can Saye's Rig work with a boat that has hydraulic steering?
The Saye’s Rig is a hybrid auxiliary rudder system and works independently from the ships helm. Therefore, the windvane works well with hydraulic steering if a bypass valve is installed in the system to relieve back pressure and reduce the amount of force required to move the rudder. 

5. Davits – Can I have davits if I want to install a Saye's Rig?
Of course it varies boat to boat but typically yes.  Davits and other features of the boats transom are taken into account during the design process. 

Note: Davits are convenient when island hopping or when in port. Carrying a dinghy in davits at sea poises a real risk to the boat and crew due to the danger of swamping and out-of- control swinging. Scanmar recommends stowing and lashing a dinghy on the foredeck or other safe convenient location when at sea.

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