Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Out Sailing and Self steering

Been getting out as much as we can while getting the boat ready to head south. I still seem to have a long list of jobs to finish.... One of the big ones has been making and fitting a self steering system. I tried direct lines to the tilled with a wind vane which works well if you are sailing to windward... but starts to fail when sailing off the wind. So decided to dry the boat out and fit a trim tab and then make the wind vane drive this. The first rig I made was very 'crude' and experimental just so i could see if it would work - and it does. you can see 'mark one' in the pictures above and below (vane not attached).
I have now taken it off to make a proper version so will add more details about the construction when i have finished it.

1 comment:

  1. A critical self-steering concept is that your boat ought to have the capacity to sail itself more often than not.The thought is that its conceivable to balance the boat on a fixed heading utilizing the sails alone, and that any additional controlling toward oneself supplies is just to right for wind variety or wave motion.This makes it important to comprehend the nuts and bolts of sail balance.
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