I am considering doing the 2014 Jester. I will not be able to do next years due to a career change where I will have a substantial wage cut for 12 months and the boat (Shipman 28) will be stored ashore for that period. This will be good for working on her if nothing else.
I have many questions I could ask but the first relates to self steering. It is at the moment the most expensive single piece of kit I will need to acquire.
I would very much like a nice Hydrovane setup. I've not heard anything really bad about these except for the price which is rather astronomical. Maybe you do get what you pay for?
The actual question is - are there any cheaper systems/setups that'd rival the performance of a Hydrovane at a much reduced price. I am happy to fabricate things if required.
It is easy to look around the internet and see many designs but I thought I would ask people here based on their experience of the Jester.
All advice greatly appreciated.