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Stephen and Lu Ann Yoder

Brian - We just finished a trip down the Washington coast and part of the Oregon coast in our new-to-us W28. We had good success with our Autohelm 8000. I'm sure it's not big enough for a W32 but maybe they make a larger size. RE: taming the tiller: The socket for our Autohelm came adrift early in the trip (all 3 bolts had rotted off). Before I could fix it I had to find some way to free myself from the tyranny of the tiller. I had pretty good luck with a bungee cord hooked to the port aft mooring cleat, one turn around the tiller and then hooked to the starboard cleat. I could adjust tension on one side or the other as needed. It certainly wasn't an autopilot but it did a pretty good job of holding course for more than a few minutes at a time.

s/v Siempre Sabado

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