"Self steering is a system, not just a bolt on box. Using a self-steering gear will have follow-on effects in electrical consumption and battery charging, sail trim and sleeping. Get the self-steering device on the boat as early as possible and use it. This is doubly true for windvanes - they are not as easy to understand as an autopilot. Do NOT decide to learn how your windvane works on your first oceanic passage."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 15, 2004 )
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