Reminiscing on self-steering
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.