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Re: Self steering dilemma

Originally Posted by outbound View Post
Mark thanks for your posts.? What do you use for back up steering
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.
If the question is 'why dont you have an automated back up" then I would say that its not necessary. If it was I would have a second Auto Pilot before I would have a wind vane steering system.

Make no mistake: If any or either unit, or anything else on your boat breaks down you need to be able to do the hard yards to get yourself into port. Sailing when the sh!t has hit the fan isnt easy nor fun but you and me have to be prepared to do it... the only other choices are to hit a red button and abandon the boat. Sailing manually might be tough but its a damn sight easier than rowing the boat the same distance

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Last edited by MarkofSeaLife; 08-24-2013 at 08:45 PM.
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