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Craig Newton

I started out with a tiller pilot connected between the boomkin and tiller (the usual setup)and found it worked fine in the estuary but was easily overpowered in wind and seas on SF bay. It just didn't have the cojones. Plan B, which I've used ever since, is to connect the tiller pilot from a block attached to the stern pulpit and a stubby windvane I made for the Monitor self-steering rig. Now all the tiller pilot has to do is tip the stubby windvane and the water paddle does the work of moving the tiller. Works great. I can't take credit though, I saw a picture somewhere. Another plus is that you can use a cheap tiller pilot. No force is required as it is just tipping the windvane.

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