The Windvane Self-Steering Handbook

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9780071434690: The Windvane Self-Steering Handbook

Here is the definitive manual for choosing, purchasing, installing, maintaining, repairing, using, and even building a windvane self-steerer, that amazing device that relieves longdistance sailors from the the helm while using not one amp of precious electrical power. This user-friendly guide includes:

  • How vane gears work
  • A clear discussion of how to match vane design with boat
  • Invaluable instructions for how to sail with a windvane-- settings, sail trim, and more
  • A detailed look at nine commercial models, plus plans and instructions for readers to build their own

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How to choose, buy, build, install, maintain, repair, and use a windvane self-steerer

When you're cruising shorthanded, you can't always be at the helm. A windvane self-steering system is the most reliable means of steering your small vessel on long ocean passages--and it doesn't use one amp of your precious electrical power. The Windvane Self-Steering Handbook is the definitive guide to every aspect of sailing and working with the long-distance sailor's best friend.

Veteran sailor Bill Morris points out the mechanical and navigational advantages of vane steering systems; provides an overview of available products, complete with sizes, prices, and contact information; and shows you how to install, maintain, repair, and modify vane gears for best performance. In this practical guide you'll find:

  • Lucid explanations of how vane gears work
  • An easy-to-implement discussion of how to match a vane design with your boat
  • Invaluable instructions for how to sail with a windvane--settings, sail trim, etc.
  • A look at ten commercially available vane gear systems
  • Diagrams and instructions for a home-built unit
  • Instructions for customizing vane gears for optimum performance

About the Author:

Bill Morris, a retired college educator and former magazine editor, now roams the seas aboard a vintage Cal 30. Committed to finding ways to keep cruising simple, he has used and studied self-steering mechanisms extensively.

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