You'll have to get a tiller pilot, duh!!! Raymarine
makes a heavy duty one that might work. IIRC someone used one of these for a cruise
through the Caribbean
and halfway to Tahiti
before it finally gave out. Raymarine
was horrified that they even tried using it. The Westsail has a pretty heavy helm
under sail that tiller pilots just aren't built to handle.
The Raymarine pilot used to be called an X5 but think it's now called an EV-1. It's only rated to 13,500 pounds displacement
, though. Simrad
makes a self contained unit with about the same rating. Don't know of other sources of supposedly heavier duty tiller pilots. If you just want it for steering
under power, the Simrad
would be cheapest way to go and would probably just fine.
If you have a vane, and you are a few sandwiches short of a picnic if you don't cause the boat is steered so well by a Pendulum Servo Vane, you could work out a way to attach a cheap
tiller pilot to that. Would work for sailing but might not under power. The prop is close to the vane's rudder
and the prop wash probably wouldn't allow it to work very well. Never tried one on our boat but the vane rudder
danced around an awful lot under power. Easy to test out, just try and have the vane steer while you input heading into the vane by hand while under power.