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    Re: Heath Hezzanith question
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Oct 23, 04:20 +1000

     Alex asks:
    Who is in charge of the helm then?

     A sailing boat should not need constant attention to the helm. Once the appropriate sails are set and balanced the craft should hold a steady course at most points of sail. My little boat certainly did.

    I know that many boats are not so good at this. I guess this spurred the invention of self-steering devices, such as those regulated by a wind vane and also electronic units. Joshua Slocum had neither. His boat seems to have sailed itself very nicely.

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