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Re: Sheet to Tiller or Windvane?
Learn how to set up sheet to tiller. A couple of eyes some string and bungee and an afternoon or two of messing around should sort that out.
You also NEED a simple autopilot/tillerpilot for motoring and sail raising. They are not wonderfully reliable if used offshore on long passages IMHO.
A servo windvane like an Aries or a NAVIK if your boat is small will be a huge asset if you make long passages but again they need setting up and learning how to trim the sails to suit. Also most have problems down wind with big seas and full sail. You CAN build your own but access to a good workshop is essential and you may find wear to be a problem long term as you are not likely to include enough corrosion proof bushes. [At least I did not. ]