Self steering windvanes have a reputation of being hard to use. Reading these tips can fix that and make us love our windvane.
These days every cruiser seems to fit an autopilot, but what’s the case for a vane gear? Or maybe both.
Do you prefer a windvane or an autopilot for longer passages?
At first glance, autopilots and vane gears cost about the same, but the reality is more complicated, and important to get right.
How smart and expensive an autopilot do we need for offshore shorthanded cruising? Lots of options. Here’s how to make sure we don’t select the wrong one and that we get what we paid for.
We can make a huge difference to comfort, speed, and electrical use by manually adjusting our autopilots.
How to set gain, counter-rudder, and trim to make an offshore passage faster and more comfortable, and save battery, too.
So far in this series we have got deep into the technical weeds of how autopilots work, and how to make them work better. Now let’s look at some simple tips, several of which will help with vane gears too.
A reliable autopilot comes right after radar as the most important piece of electronic gear We report on how our autopilot handled our 10,000-mile voyage.
Some thoughts on autopilot drive types and reliability.
Lessons learned from a poorly installed autopilot, and how we fixed it.