Join Date: Jun 2006
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Every job is semi-custom, so I don't quite know yet, but I'm guessing in the $3,500 range. Not cheap, but when the guy that makes them asks you to take apart your aft cabin liner, looks down a hole and says "oh, good, good...this will work excellently", you can't help but enjoy the process of seeing the engineering mind at work.
The guy's made a few hundred of them at this point, with about half sold to Canadian cruisers. I haven't heard a single complaint. He is at the Toronto boat show every year, and he himself sails a Niagara 35, which is a well-built cruiser that is coastal/Caribbean for the most part, but ocean capable if necessary. In other words, I think he knows what he's doing. He enjoyed the fact that I wanted completely separate and redundent steering systems: dual hydraulic wheels with a ComNav autopilot and actuator for motoring and motor-sailing, and then a tiller, blocks and vane arrangement for sailing. When I'm making amps, I don't mind spending amps, but I believe letting the wind go to waste when it could be steering my boat is ridiculous...