I'll keep an eye for the rudder type, Brent, but I don't think
it was an outboard
one. (Don't hold me to that, though.) I have actually put in an offer on the boat as of today (albeit a low one that made the broker fume -- hey, I think the boat is overpriced, and the boat's been on the market for quite a time, so I'll start low).
Right now, this particular Gulf 29 has had the interior helm
removed; the broker says the present owner removed it to give himself a long berth in which he could sleep, being a tall fellow with a vee-berth full of kids
. (People's priorities....) However, the boat has a lot of electronics
, from a chart plotter to knot
meter etc, so my plan is to just add in a wheel-mounted autopilot
(such as a raymarine wheel
pilot) and hook it into a console/laptop inside the cabin
to make a 'sail by wire' interior helm
. If I get the boat, I'll be on the 'electronics' discussion board asking for opinions about that; first, though, I need to get the owner's price
down quite a bit.