Self steering Wind Vane

The number one self steering wind vane, the Aries

“A self steering wind vane for offshore sailboats and worldwide bluewater sailors. Aries is your best crewmember for sailing around the world!”
Lean Nelis, producer Aries Vane Gear

Hi there sailor, welcome to the website of Aries Vane Gear. As the Netherlands have their roots in sailing we will use this heritage and continue to produce one of the best self steering wind vane on the market. Of course with the same personal attention and support. We are also dealer of Superwind wind generators. Please take a look around and contact me if you have any questions.


Important news on rebuild kits for older models

We have made a tough decision about rebuild kits for older Aries models, built in the UK. From now on, we only sell rebuild kits for the Danish and Dutch built models (from the early ’90s onwards). The earlier Aries models were built in the UK with imperial units. Since the Danish models, the Aries is built according to the metric system. Another reason is that over the years, many sailors have ‘customized’ and altered their boats and Aries gear with available tools and parts. Because of that, most of the older models are far from original and the success of rebuilding them with the provided kits cannot be guaranteed. Please not that revision of older models remains possible in the workshop in Amsterdam.

Golden Globe Race

The Return of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race. Retro, Solo, Non Stop, around the world. Below you can see a video of the preparation of Coconut, the Lello 36 from Australian sailor Mark Sinclair. We love the enthusiasm offhe sailor Mark. He is also presenting his windvane the Aries. His selfsteering Aries is 40 years old, still strong & unstoppable! and will assist with the 30,000 miles. We our very proud the Aries is his best crewmember!

Both Mark Slats and Mark Sinclair were steered by an Aries wind vane. Mark Slats finished second without any issues with his gear.

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What they say about Aries Vane Gear

The Aries Vane is a brutally strong piece of engineering, sculpted from stainless steel and aluminum, and even in these days of electronic autohelms it is a prized possession for ocean-going sailboats.It has no batteries to go flat, no fuses to replace, no wires to corrode. It is the Rube Goldberg of steering systems, stealing its guidance from the wind and its power from the passing water. It is a magical, 90-pound replacement for a human crewmember, but it doesn’t need to be fed three meals a day and it never steals the last cold beer.”
John Vigor 

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Aries reviews 5 STARS at facebook! update

Susanne Huber-Curphey about her Wind Vane: 

2018 – I can give ARIES my best approval, in strength and quality and durability under any possible wind or sea condition. She will steer your boat better than you can do it yourself. By now I’ve clocked over 200.000 miles, most of them single-handed and steered by ARIES. My faithful ARIES self steering gear is called ‘Miss Aries’. 

Click & Read her Salty story – Wintering in Nova Scotia/Canada, March 2018, at our website.

Rolf W. Deckena about his Wind Vane:

Aries is simply the best windvane you can get.
2018 – We had our Aries “Hanni” for 27.000 miles with a Vancouver 27. The Aries steered us to Capetown and back- great. Not a single problem. After that trip Peter from Aries Denmark dismounted everything- just two rings were a bit old and Peter replaced the ropes! Perfect! 
That’s the strength and reliability you need at sea. 
Out present boat came with a Windpilot. But some parts look so filigran, so small- we sold that and got a new Aries. And are very happy with that. Because of a ramming arch around the Aries needed some “customizing”. Lean did that in a most friendly and very competent way. Thank you Lean! An Aries is worth more than 5 stars.

Maxine Maters about her Wind Vane:

2018 – Lean Nelis is the owner of the Aries brand & business, sells and repairs Aries windvanes – obviously – and provides an excellent service. I had my secondhand Aries installed by Lean. What Lean does not know about the Aries, isn’t worth knowing


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