Originally Posted by psneeld
If new...not a bad place to store next years...at least you know you got the correct size.
That's true. I never have to worry about finding my shaft zincs. The pancakes for the struts are another matter. The main purpose though is as you say: to prevent the shaft from making an untimely exit of the boat.
Originally Posted by tallswede
I know autopilots are a bit off topic here but Janice, I can tell you whether you have a keel or not, any boat will go off track in a seaway. Wind and waves will just move the boat around. Just a bit of weight shift in a 23' boat will change the way water is flowing over the hull and send it in another direction. Even my 36' Prairie which has a pretty good keel shape will only hold a course for a few seconds out on the bay. A good auto pilot is a blessing. I have a tillerpilot on my 23' Hunter sailboat and it's the best thing since sliced bread. These are the most economical autopilots I know of and if there is a way to rig one on your boat it would really be nice. They can even be had with remotes so if you are away from the tiller such as grabbing a drink or making a sandwich, you can change course when needed.
Thank you Kevin. I was obviously spoilt with our 40'er. She stayed on track with just the barest of nudges when, as you say, wind came up or currents came into play. You see, when Daddy came up to the fly bridge he wanted to see a straight track. Otherwise I was wasting fuel and that was a Sin.
And too he could check on me from down below by just looking aft.
It's not a bad thing to steer. And now that I know the drill, i.e. put her in neutral so she'll drift, I'm more satisfied. Perhaps I've been led astray by a neighbor who swears his autopilot is the best thing since sliced bread.
I definitely need to watch my One-More-Thing-itis.
Goodness knows I've got the best little boat on the planet. No, I'm not prejudiced either. You should see her! Except for the stuff that's wrong, needs fixing, upgrading, painting or repairs, she's perfect.
I am truly blessed aboard my Seaweed. I wish everyone could be as happy as I am. It's a wonderful life.
Maybe one of the wonderful moderators will split off this part of the tread and call it Tracking Difficulties. Surely I'm not the only one on the planet whose boat won't go in a straight line.
That's interesting about the tiller pilot. For the near-term I'm going to enjoy Seaweed. An autopilot is on the list, but it's not necessary. I've enjoyed my home for nearly eight years now without, and can certainly continue to do so.
Gosh, there have been so many improvements to her over the years. Truly, she is the boat I imagined all those years ago. I am fortunate.