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Old 12-07-2002
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Windvane Steering Necessary for Long Ocean Passages?

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Is windvane steering essential? Richard Henderson''s Singlehanded Sailing discusses alternatives and suggests that it is possible to work out statisfactory self steering arrangements by rigging sheets to the helm. He also indicates that a few single handers have used these arrangements on very long voyages. Does anyone have any experience with these arrangements?
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