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Re: Self steering dilemma

Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post

Originally Posted by TQA
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.
Well, you would be wrong about that...

Actually, that boat WAS a Najad, a 361...

And, she was motorsailing to her AUTOPILOT at the time, when it tripped off into STANDBY, and she veered into shore:


“Nereida was grounded halfway from Aca-
pulco to Zihuatanejo on a desolate, mostly
uninhabited part of the coast, after the auto-
pilot went down just before first light on June 19,” Jeanne wrote on her website on July 1.

“I was taking my usual timed nap — a
stopwatch set for 45 minutes — which looked
fine in the situation: full moon, some swell
and waves but not much, motoring in very
little wind, a good distance from a long sandy
shore. Because I was motoring in calm condi-
tions, the resultant change of course was not
obvious enough to wake me up in time, as it
would have had I been sailing.”

Jeanne believes that the wireless remote
for her Raymarine autopilot was the culprit. “If
it’s not plugged in and it discharges, the head unit will go on standby
automatically,” she said. “I discovered that fact quite by accident, and
have been very careful ever since to plug it in when I take a nap.” As
it was part of her routine, she’s sure she plugged it in but concedes
it must not have had a good connection or it wiggled loose.


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