the Vindo yard. I haven't been able to find any e-mail address to the
Vindo yard. In fact the original yard doesn't exist anymore. There are
two companies on the Vindo island (in Swedish Vindön, about 10 km from
the town of Uddevalla) now a days. They repair boats, including Vindos,
and you can order them to manufacture parts for a Vindo.
Vindö Marin AB
S-473 91 Henån
Phone: +46304392 90 or cell phones +46704239295 or +46704239293.
Fax: +46304393 83
S-440 90 Henån
Vindo boats have a wheel steering gear made by Wargia. I have called
Wargia in Vanersborg (30 km from Uddevalla, where I live) and they told
me that they don't manufacture boat steerings any more but they have
spare parts for sale. You can contact them by phone, fax or letter.
Mekaniska Verkstad AB
S-462 56 VÄNERSBORG
Phone: +46521131 00
Fax: +46521131 06
Björck has been discussing with Arild Andersen how to remove the rudder
of a Vindo 50.
Vindö 50 rudder is attached to the hull at three different places.
A. The rudder axis that goes vertically through the top part of the
rudder. The rudder axis has a wedge that forces the rudder to turn when
the axis is turned.
B. Just below the "hole" for the propeller, it is fixed
through two bronze "clamps"
C. At the bottom a stainless steel tap is resting in a hole in cast
This is Anders' piece
1. Remove the nut at the bottom of the rudder axis.
Under the cockpit floor:
1. Remove the rudder quadrant from top of the rudder axis.
2. Unscrew the big nut that now is on top of the rudder axis (actually
it is two nuts since one is used to lock the other one). The big nut is
also keeping the greased seal tight.
3. Lift the axis; it helps if somebody is on the ground pushing the axis
upwards, or maybe loosely tapping on it with a hammer.
4. Loosely refit the axis so the rudder is fixed while the clamps of B
Unscrew the bronze clamps B.
Under the cockpit floor again:
Lift the axis again while somebody is holding on to the rudder. Now the
rudder can be tilted backwards and the rudder can be lifted so the
stainless steel tap at the bottom of the rudder comes out of the bronze
When he did this job he also completely removed the bronze housing C,
and noticed that all the brass !!!!! bolts that held it in place had
corroded away. He wanted to replace them with bronze bolt to avoid
galvanic corrosion. That turned out to be extremely expensive. Instead
he refitted the bronze housing C with stainless steel bolts as well as
plenty of epoxy. It is probably impossible to remove it again.
a very nice book last month and wrote me a letter about it. "The World's
best sailing boats" by Ferenc Mate. It contains a very nice chapter
about Vindos, with a description (and photo's) of the construction,
outstanding characteristics, etc. It feels good to own a boat that is
regarded as one of the world's best
sailing boats (but of course all Vindo owners already know that) ;-)
want to know more about it contact Richard, firstname.lastname@example.org
To use the
address remove "remove".