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Old 22-12-2011, 20:09   #16
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Re: Autopilot to Hydraulic Steering ?

Which is precisely why I have a wind vane for sailing, and will be installing an AP for motoring or motorsailing.

I can justify curtailing the charge going to the battery banks if I am doing a nice straight line in calm water (especially if it's sunny), but to use a 10 Ah AP while sailing would make me think "well, if I have THAT to spare, I can put in a beer-only fridge!"

Anyway, having been on a passage where the windvane and the AP had issues (both resolved but leaving me with a distaste for hand-steering in lumpy offshore swells), I couldn't really imaging shoving off with only one means of self-steering.

We haven't even discussed bolting in the tiller and tying bungee cord to the weather sheet...

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