Yes, but a big autohelm costs big boat bucks...and if you're going to have a wind vane, you can often get away with a tiny tiller pilot for far fewer boat bucks. Tiller pilot like an ST1000 is about $500, a big boat wheel autopilot is at least three or four times that. An under-deck quadrant pilot is probably closer to six or seven times that.
Hey SD - a big autohelm is a solo sailor's best friend
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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