I've managed to beg, borrow and steal (ok, not quite steal...) 900euros for self-steering equipment. The only problem is, you can't get self-steering for 900euros, unless you strike it lucky on some forgotten ebay auction, and to be honest, I don't have the time wait about for such a thing.
Other than spending 400euros on a Simrad TP22 or similar (a Raymarine ST1000 has already been broken on my boat) are there any genuine alternatives? I'm stuck here in Amsterdam until I sort something out, and it's killing me.
Any inspiring stories about Simrad's or similar making effortless long journeys without breakage are welcome - I suspect they are far and few between however...
If you have a windvane and you want to sell it, I will buy it off you today.