Re: Self steering dilemma
Interesting point re power consumption. I guess it also comes down to just how well balanced the boat is.
I confess I've never fully trusted our windvane, though that may be inexperience on my part. Ref the fitting of the rudder .... you are correct, it is a pain in the arse. We find that rudder needs to be shipped before we leave port. The idea of having to ship the thing at sea is not worth considering.
Why not ?
For me I'd not replace AutoPilot with Windvane but I'd like to have both.
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