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Re: Self steering on wheel steered boats
I've known people to have wind-vanes and I've always assumed I would do the same, if we ever take off on one of our bucket list adventures.
However, as time passes, I've been considering where I would be better off to have redundant autopilot components instead. Stocking all the parts to address points of failure is probably not that different from what it would cost us to fit a Monitor. The ideal would be to have a redundantly installed autopilot system. I've ever heard of that being done.
Big advantage of some windvane systems is the ability to have an emergency rudder.
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