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Re: Self steering dilemma
..6K buys a lot of island time. Also you can pick up a used vane for a lot less then 6K.
Yeah. It is a trap, one can very easily end up with the perfect cruising boat, and no money with which to go cruising. We are looking out for used units trust me
Issue is that a servo type, ie Monitor or Aries etc would be a little more of a PITA install wise on our boat.
Our girl has an Hydravane with the Tiller Pilot option. While we have only used it infrequently and never the tiller pilot, previous owner swore by the thing. You need to be generating a fair amount of juice to keep a powered auto pilot running 24 hours a day. We had a Raymarine wheel pilot on our old boat and while it functioned perfectly well it was damnably noisy compared to below deck and/or wind vane.
The juice is the worry.We also have done alright with the wheel pilot along the coast, but do tend to motor for a few hours a day to top up on multi-day passages. If we are going to the Louisiades then I would prefer to not be burning through the diesel on passage.
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