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Old 21-01-2011, 06:18   #16
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I just finished a delivery of a Swan 47 from Chesapeake to BVI. The last couple of days we were low on fuel and ultimately low on power so we shut off the a/p. Balancing the boat with sail trim allowed us to lock the wheel and sail on with a nudge to the wheel every 10 minutes or so. Close to beam reach. As noted above I'm not sure how well that would work on a broad reach or deeper.

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Old 28-01-2011, 10:16   #17
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Originally Posted by sammyo View Post
Look up sheet to tiller steering techniques. Basically needs some shock cord or much better surgical tubing, some lines, blocks and balancing your rig. If you can find "Self-Steering for Sailing Craft" by John S Letcher you'll have a valuable reference.
Second that.

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We were able to get our sloop to self-steer across the pacific much of the time with just a piece of surgical tubing from the tiller to a leeward cleat after balancing the sails.

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