I STRONGLY RECOMMENDED the 'TILLER PILOT' type of dumb steering
. A 600 long block with a peg at each end. One peg is on a ram that extends from the body. When fitted to the tiller (or equivalent) it will do it's best to maintain the set heading.
I recently used one newly fitted to a Catalac
, very useful in allowing a good watch to kept while reading, etc without continual minor course corrections. -1,+1,-10,+10 buttons provided the heading adjustments for fine control in cross currents and coarse adjustment lobster pot avoidance. Power consumption
is low and there are beeps when course is not being maintained because of low battery
or poor sail balance.
is 300ish for the basic model -100, 400ish for the -200. I gather they can be connected to a chartplotter
to follow a route
but manually transfering the readout from the chartplotter
to the tiller pilot was no great hassle, in fact I prefered to have that manual interface so I was aware of cross currents, sail trim changes required and so on which kept me feeling more 'connected' with what went on.
To disengage press the 'STANDBY' button and lift
off the pegs. To re-engage fit onto the pegs and press 'AUTO' and check the heading set.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for low cost sailors.