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Self Steering by Boom and Bungee?

Does anyone have any experience using the boom to self-steer? I've read a few books and articles on using sails to self-steer, and the boom rig with bungee reverse pressure looks like it could work. I'm planning a trip to Hawaii and not sure if I want to fork out the funds for a windvane. My boat is 13 tons, though, so not light on the water.
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Re: Self Steering by Boom and Bungee?

I have experimented with self-steering using sails based on John Letcher' book. According to this book you use different approaches on the wind and off - using the jib for one and the main for the other. It worked, sort of, but two comments. This was on a one ton, centerboard boat, so light, but not particularly easy to sail. Your boat is much larger, but likely steers better. Also, I was just having fun not attempting an offshore passage. Before setting out you need lots of experimenting, including in strong winds.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Re: Self Steering by Boom and Bungee?

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Does anyone have any experience using the boom to self-steer? I've read a few books and articles on using sails to self-steer, and the boom rig with bungee reverse pressure looks like it could work. I'm planning a trip to Hawaii and not sure if I want to fork out the funds for a windvane. My boat is 13 tons, though, so not light on the water.
There is nothing more important on such a passage, than reliable, robust self-steering... Also, you may wind up wanting to do much of that passage with twin headsails, not sure how the boom would come into play in that case...

Here's a case of some Zen Master thinking he could sail to Hawaii without a self-steering setup... Gotta love the line "When does the magazine fun start?" (grin)

TPEP: Beginning of the End | Zen's Sekai II - By Sea

For passagemaking, a good windvane will be some of the best money you'll ever spend on your boat... I'd suggest trying to cut back your budget elsewhere...


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