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Re: self steering vanes
If you have an outboard rudder, don't even think of wasting money on a production vanegear. A trim tab unit can be built for a fraction of the price and it will be much more reliable and functional. Mine worked perfectly from 6 to 60 knots of wind and may have worked just fine above 60, but I feel that it is foolish to leave my fate in the hands of a mindless machine, in extreme circumstances. After all, that's my JOB, isn't it?
Check out the Searunner Construction Manual for plans.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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