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Windvane Steering Necessary for Long Ocean Passages?

On to the other side of the question - whether self-steerers are necessary or not...
A lot depends upon the crew and the boat. We sailed transatlantic with a crew of six and no self-steering gear on an Ohlson 38. The wheel was sized up a few inches to make the steering easier, and it was manned the entire way.
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