- I have a SJ/24 that I mostly sail singlehanded. I'd love to rig a
simple self-steering setup that does a good enough job that I can
move about the boat for brief periods of time while under sail (with
no rechargable power I don't want an autopilot, and don't believe I
want a windvane). The sheet-to-tiller idea seems like a good one,
especially if I can engage the solution in less time than I will
actually use it :)
When I bought the boat, I asked the seller about a metal plate on
the s'bd gunwale and he said that it was the base for a self-
steering mechanism that the previous owner had installed (but kept
the real bits for his next boat). What remains is a metal plate with
threaded holes, it looks like either a base for some blocks or
perhaps an arm that connects to the tiller (?) I'm investigating
that as a first option, since the previous owner must have run the
same exercise as I am right now, but with no markings I have no idea
what the solution was.
Does anyone have any knowledge to share, or recommendation for how
to arrange for a basic self-steering solution for a small sailboat?
I've read a few do-it-yourself/product sites on the web but haven't
seen anything that jumps out as the best option. I also searched
this list and read several postings describing the touchy nature of
Many thanks - any help appreciated
- Hey everyone it has been great these past few years
gaining so much information and expertise from all of
you. I have sold Sea Thru the 1977 SJ24 and am moving
on. Hope that you will welcome Sea Thru's new owners
if they decide to join this group as they are very
eager new sailors with a tremendous passion for
catching the wind. My best to all of you and thanks
for all of the advice. Sincerely l hill
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- DaveHere's a link I found some time ago for myself to review. It may tell you more than you ever wanted to know about sheet to tiller steering. The article seems quite complete with a rather elaborate setup that is described on different points of sail by the author. If you don't try this, you should enjoy the read anyway.George #18 Spaghetti
--- In SJfirstname.lastname@example.org, gc138@a... wrote:
> Here's a link I found some time ago for myself to review. It may
> more than you ever wanted to know about sheet to tiller steering.
> seems quite complete with a rather elaborate setup that is
> different points of sail by the author. If you don't try this, you
> the read anyway.
> George #18 Spaghetti