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From: Mike Crawford
Date: 29 Mar 2006
Time: 19:07:29 -0500
I'm about to have an autopilot re-installed after a boatyard botched the job on the first go-around. They came up with a brilliant design that looked good, but unfortunately only gave 15 degrees of rudder when turning to port and 20 degrees when turning to starboard. Port rudder was not enough to tack unless all conditions were perfect. Now I'm having them use the standard design I've seen on other Stilettos. Before I finalize the design, though, I'd like to get input on how much rudder I'll want at maximum autopilot helm. 20 degrees will allow me to tack, but only about 80% of the time. 40 degrees works for extremely light winds, but is probably too severe for use on every tack. I'm guessing 30 degrees is a nice compromise, working reliably in most winds, but not cutting too sharp a turn. Any thoughts?