An affordable alternative to carbon
The carbon wheel steering has become an essential option on many sailboats. Nevertheless, its budget remains significant. To enable dealers to offer a wheel steering system different from the standard stainless steel, without increasing the yachtsman's bill too much, Nautex has developed a range of fibreglass wheel steering systems. "We replace carbon, at half the cost," says Florian Foglietti, the company's director.
A customizable wheel steering system
Available in all diameters from 700 mm to 1800 mm, the Nautex fibreglass wheel bar has a strong aesthetic advantage. The company offers its product in the colour desired by the customer. "The bars are available as standard in black or white, but they can be delivered in the colour requested by the yachtsman if he provides the RAL code. This responds to a growing demand for customization of the boat," explains Florian Foglietti.
Comfort at the helm and economy of the autopilot
The use of fibreglass makes it lighter than standard stainless steel bars. The weight saving, combined with a thin diameter, gives real comfort to the helmsman.
The slightest inertia of the bar also saves the autopilot. Opposed to less resistance during its repeated actions, its engine tires less and sees its longevity increased.
Easy to install
Nautex wheel steering systems are delivered with a 25 mm cone, according to JEFA and Lewmar standards, widely used on modern sailboats. Installation by a professional is therefore very simple. For older boats, it is possible to make custom hubs.
The delivery time is about 3 weeks to 1 month and can be reduced for the most common diameters.