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    Posted: 25 Dec 19 at 1:41pm

Hello everyone, happy holiday! What can you say about the windvane self-steering, based on the experience of use, which is better: auxiliary rudder or servo-pendulum?

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The biggest factor is the configuration of the boat. For example a Folkboat can be steered with a trim-tab on the rudder but most modern boats don't have a transom-hung rudder. Pendulum-servo gears work best with tiller steering. I had one on a wheel-steered boat and the length of the linkage made it a bit sloppy.

My latest boat was equipped with an electronic autopilot which operated via a hydraulic pump. I sailed 20,000 miles with that arrangement and it never let me down, plus I could select a waypoint on the GPS, press 'Track' and know I would follow a line on the chart to within 50 metres. Personally I'd never go back to wind-and-string solutions.
One hull good, two hulls better.
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