As referenced by Adelie above, whenever you are relying on an autopilot (even a brand new one), you MUST be able to get by without it. Electronics
in general, and autopilots specifically, are notoriously unreliable. If the autopilot doesn't break, then your motor
won't start or the alternator
will break or the sun won't shine on your solar panels
, or any number of other things that will cause failure. More voyages have been prematurely halted by electronics
failures than any other reason, even million dollar Vendee Globe voyages have been stopped by a software
glitch or the failure of a brand new battery
But the answer is simple with a $3 piece of surgical tubing. It can easily be hooked up on any boat.
You'll find the answer in Chapter 5 of my singlehanded tips book available free at:
You'll also find the video about this at:
These are techniques that every sailor should know. They are so incredibly simple and easy to use that you don't even need to practice before hand; just have the book on board in case. You just need that darned $3 piece of surgical tubing.
If your boat has a wheel
rather than a tiller, the connections are made to one of the lower spokes of the wheel
. Just find the distance from the centre of the wheel that emulates the movement of a tiller.
Have fun in your race