On board Santana I have an electronic Tiller-Pilot. It works well under the right conditions, but cannot hold a course off the wind or in strong winds. Mine cannot hold a course relative to the wind as I no longer have a working wind readout and new wind systems are not compatible. It is noisy and heavy on the battery, which I managed to flatten on my last passage.
Those who have wind vane self-steering seem to swear by them. I was rafted along-side one such user recently who was very effusive and my research on the web has found many such appreciations. I am seriously considering investing in a vane system. They are not cheap – from £1,500 upwards. There is a bewildering choice of design and manufacturer.
Does anyone have experience of vane type self-steering, especially on MG30s? Also most are transom mounted, which involves drilling through the transom in lease four places. Given the clear stern, I would consider mounting it on the pushpit, but would want to take advice on that.
Any input would be appreciated. Tony.