Self-steering

DIY savings…

I currently have three 1 x 12 planks sitting on the starboard side deck which are slated to become the Islander’s new self-steering gear. While I find the cost of the planks ($37 each) a bit depressing the upside is the entire self-steering gear will only cost somewhere around $300 dollars and a few afternoons …

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Two exercises in simplicity that won’t cost you $5K…

I’ve always liked this windvane self-steering gear… Back in the day it worked very well for a lot of cruisers.  Sure it can be improved by making t more complicated but for a well balanced boat and a sailor who knows what they’re doing it does the job just fine. Pretty much anything you need …

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Regarding budget and a couple of points that should have been on my list…

So, what is an affordable boat? While the prevailing wisdom appears to be that a boat should cost everything you have and more I’ll suggest a somewhat different formula… If you can’t pay cash for it and the required needful work, it’s too frelling expensive. Fairly simplistic is it not? For those who don’t quite …

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Why I’m building the B&B self-steering design…

The idea of self-steering is, for all practical purposes, a pretty simple concept and most all self-steering systems reflect that. Or at least the good ones do. The problem with the idea of home building a self-steering gear, for most people at least, is that they tend to have a certain amount of mechanical parts …

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