Mechanical Self Steering

Fleming Marine Selfsteer Logo

There and back for almost 50 years, Around the Bay or Around the planet

Cruisers – racers – high latitude explorers – sailors around the world, welcome. Fleming has your self steering needs covered with state of the art, bullet proof, stainless steel investment cast modern designs. All stylish, elegant and user friendly. 20 ft to 65 ft, mono hulls, auxiliary rudders or servos, wide selection affordable prices.

Lionel Barkle – GE 400

Hi Phil,

Bought a GE 400 unit from you late 2012, finally got it installed last month after some unforeseen delays due to work and retirement etc. Anyway just wanted you to know that I did not have to cut or alter any item that you sent with the unit on install.

It was installed as per all your instructions, and set up in accord with the guidelines, and it worked perfectly first time out last month.

I up loaded a few minutes of the footage onto You Tube and have attached the link. I guess you get dozens if not more of them but I was very pleased with the unit, it is easy to engage even on short day sails, and on the first occasion I tried it out on most points of sail and it performed perfectly.

Kind Regards,

Lionel Barkle.

Nic Doig – Halvorsen 30 Jenniefique


Hi Phil,

Just a quick note of thanks to let you know how impressed I am with the operation of the Fleming self-steering.

Still early, (maybe 100 solo miles), but I just love to set her up and sit back, or more often scamper around the boat attending to everything other than steering, and watch the whole mechanism react and steer to the prevailing breeze.

Thanks for your conscientious input and support.

All the best,

Nic Doig

Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield embarks on a single-handed non-stop west about circumnavigation

Glenn Wakefield, Solo Circumnavigation, September 9th 2013

Glenn Wakefield, Solo Circumnavigation, September 9th 2013

VICTORIA, B.C. Canada On September 2, 2013, Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield will set sail from Victoria, B.C. in an attempt to complete a single-handed, non-stop, west about circumnavigation. Sixty-three year old Wakefield will sail West Wind II, a Sparkman and Stephens Comanche 42 built by Chris-Craft. To prepare his boat for offshore open ocean conditions, Wakefield has done an extensive refit to the deck, rigging, and interior of the vessel over the past three years.

This is Wakefield’s second attempt at a single-handed non-stop, west about circumnavigation having sailed three quarters of the way around in 2007-2008.
After a series of storms near Cape Horn damaged his boat, he was forced to discontinue his voyage.

West Wind II - Fleming Self Steer

“The sound was magnificent, exciting, crashing like surf over and over again…Fleming had been [steering] with out food or water or complaining for four days straight!”

“I feel very lucky to get a second chance at this,” said Wakefield. “While it’s a long time to be away from my family and friends, I’m looking forward to the challenge and being on the ocean again.”

While at sea, Wakefield will speak to a network of ham radio operators around the world. He’ll send regular updates via email to his wife in Victoria who will update his website. He estimates the 30,000-mile non-stop journey will take approximately 10 months and has food and provisions on board for a year.

Wakefield leaves Victoria on September 2nd from Cadboro Bay where he first learned to sail more than four decades ago. For more information, and to follow Glenn on his circumnavigation, visit

Visit his blog for details of his first attempt in 2007-2008.

Three sailors waiting at Bermagui NSW, heading over the horizon.

Three Fleming selfsteering units in a line, Bermagui NSW

Three Fleming selfsteering units in a line, Bermagui NSW


Hans Christian 33 “Delphinus” from Hobart Tasmania, Skipper Paul Cook, Crew Zandra, cruising plan is, “Sailing north, who knows how far, could be Queensland could be the world”.

Tracker 26 “Cynecia” from Flinders Island Tasmainia. Skipper Luke Toonen,
Crew Janet. Cruising plan is “Going north, don’t know where to just looking at everything as I go,  taken a year off work and will see what happens after that”.

Top Hat 25 “Sundowner” from Westernport Victoria. Cruising plan “Go north for winter and return south for summer, work for a few months and do it again”.

Selfsteering to the rescue

A nice article by Fay Mark from this years Ocean Voyager!

“Vaughn, Sharon and Dan had 2,350 miles ahead of them and their options were to either hand steer Reality during three-hour watches or to use an old Fleming wind vane (which they had affectionately dubbed Peggy). Otherwise, their least desirable option would be to turn around and head back…”
Mark, F. (2013). A jury-rigged rudder.
Ocean Navigator. Retrieved from

read the whole story here