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Norm Rhines

If all you are looking for is way to steer while at the mast base look under the Yahoo group (files/improvements/mast based steering) sp+/- work better than the tiller tamer as you can adjust for sail imbalance while reefing.

I us a TP32 from Simerad but it is far forward on the tiller = 1/2 full rudder movement and 1/2 the load. works ok under power in 4 to 6 foot seas and on the bay. It looks real nice in its bag as well.

I use a wind vane, and say "No single hander should do a long (more than a day) passage without a wind vane" I use a Monitor with great success 99.8% of the time. Hand steering is something fun to do on the weekends and in the marina but not on a passage.

If you question this, I personally would go without lunch for a year to save up for a wind vane, In my opinion it is the second most important thing on a boat, the rudder being the first. On the other hand, if you are only day sailing you don't need one at all. Just put a little aside each month for the day you do want to go for the long passages.

Best of luck.

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