Rem­i­nisc­ing on self-steer­ing

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

I en­joyed read­ing Will Bru­ton’s piece on self-steer­ing gear (‘Wind­vane steer­ing: why it makes sense for coastal cruis­ing, YM, Oc­to­ber 2018).

The in­sert photo of Suhaili’s lashed tiller re­minds me of a sys­tem we used in the 1950s and 1960s. The tiller was con­trolled by the head­sail, any wind shift au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just­ing the tiller to com­pen­sate.

Like the wind­vane it kept you on a safe con­stant head­ing at sea away from land. I be­lieve I may still have some old sketches of the setup some­where on board if any­one is in­ter­ested in them.

Paul Christie

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