Self-steering

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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Getting ready to build a new self-steering gear…

So, yeah, about that new self-steering gear… Right now I’m in the process of getting all the bits together to assemble a kit to build the it and the various pieces not readily available on a tropical island paradise are, mostly, currently winging their way to my PO box. Putting together a “kit” before starting …

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