Re: Self steering dilemma
Thanks Andre, Jon E, aeventyr60, outbound et all. Alot of food for thought.
On power consumption I must say that we have found our existing wheel pilot to be more reasonable than we thought on the multiday passages we have done up and down the coast. We have always been conservative ( perhaps bordering on paranoid) in running the engine periodically and keeping the batteries well fed.
I have heard similar comments to what you say Jon about the Hydrovane on larger vessels, but for every naysayer there seems to be someone who swears by them. I personally think that for larger vessels there seems to be no doubt about the superiority of servo-pendulum systems. We are however 35ft and centre cockpit, so the Hydrovane is kinda a neat(but expensive) fit.
Have had a look at the Fleming, they do make an auxillary rudder system, but seems to be on par pricewise with Hydrovane.
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