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