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Re: Self steering dilemma

Originally Posted by Exile1 View Post
Mark -- Is your comment re: windvanes mostly about the risk of deviating off course with changes in wind direction, esp. when single or short-handed? As someone who singlehands a lot, what do you use for backup, if anything? Is heaving-to for rest realistic if all else fails?
Hi Dan,

I know 3 boats lost thru wind vanes and only 2 were solo.

Yes, its a wind shift problem... and one of the examples hass appeared in the next post to yours!

I dont have a back-up my Raymarine (ex charter boat so its done lots of miles) has had 35,000nms trouble free except for a small spot just north of Bahamas where it started playing up and I had to hand steer for a bit. Funnily enough the error occured again at the same latitude in the ICW 6 months later!

My back up would be to hand steer and hove to when tired. On a long passage it wouldnt be fun... but it would be a bit character building.

Originally Posted by TQA View Post
Jeanne has just completed her 3rd single handed circumnavigation.
The back up was a Hydrovane which just kept on ticking.

Well, you mis-read it or she is lying.
In 2008 her boat was lost on a mexican beach (after I met her both sides of Panama) when her overslept her alarm and while she was asleep the wind changed and her wind vane put her boat on the boach as a total loss. The boat wasnt as good as the Najad so it was fortuitous for her to get an insurance payout plus whatever to have the new Najad built.


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