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Self-steer vs Autopilot: Which Do You Need?

written by Terysa July 18, 2018


One question we are often asked is: “Which type of autopilot do I need? ”
The answer really depends on the type of sailing you want to do.

In this weeks Technical Tuesday episode we give you the low down on both systems and tell you our thoughts & whether you should consider one, the other or even both!


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Kathy and Rick Greenen July 25, 2019 at 2:16 pm

I sent you an email re Hydro vanes, then I found you had done a video about autopilot and the Hydro Vane.

I was wondering if the Tayana 48 is too big for the Hydro Vane. Will Curry the salesman did say it would work, but I was just wondering if he was just trying to sell us the Hydro Vane.

Good to hear your perspective on them.

Terysa July 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm

I don’t think it would be a problem on a Tayana 48 (lovely boat btw!). We have friends on a similar size mono with one, I think they’re happy with it. I’d do more independent research though.


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