Wind vane self-steering (update)

Over winter I installed Monitor self-steering gear on Santana and have now been able to test it, so far in Force 3-6 but only with very slight seas.  The instruction manual implied I would need to learn how to get it to manage the boat and balance the rig etc.  In practice it just worked, straight off, holding the course as close as I can, perhaps even better.  Close hauled, the tell-tales on the foresail stayed parallel without the occasional lapse that I cause.  It also worked well down wind goose winged.  I can also tack easily without disengaging it.  This is a compliment to the gear and also to the Morgan Giles 30, whose easy handling must make the gear’s task easier than with many boats.

I have added this gear to the list of resources on the MG30 website, where you can see a photo.

best wishes for the new season, Tony

One thought on “Wind vane self-steering (update)

  • April 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hi Tony,
    great. Especially downwind must be difficult for windvanesteering, I
    guess that is not at force 3?

    mvg Boudewijn

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