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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Not Avail
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877197009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877197000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,673,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Creighton on June 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After viewing two examples of home-built Belcher inspired self-steering gears, I was eager to get hold of the book their builders used to make them. I was not disappointed. After skimming over the theory part,(I'll get back to that later) I cut to the chase and read the example drawings near the end. It soon all made sense. A reasonably proficient DYI person can put a gear together at very reasonable cost in comparison with the commercially available models. So simple... The ones I saw were rough and ready but one could refine the finish if so inclined. I would have liked to see some 3D drawings and/or photos to make the concepts more quickly accessible to the average reader. In the Foreward, H.G. "Blondie" Hasler, a pioneer in self-steering development, endorses the book, saying, "For the reader who wants concise and clear instructions on how to plan and build his own vane-steering gear, this is just about the best book I've yet seen, and I would gladly go to sea with any of the gears he recommends." (1982)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric F. Kaufman on September 23, 2010
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Belcher really did "write the book" on self steering systems and provides simple to follow diagrams and patterns for vertical, horizontal, and servo-pendulum systems. Even if you're not planning on building your own, it's nice to understand the basic concepts of what they do, how they work, and the pros and cons of the different systems. If you do decide to get this book, remember that some of the more simplistic designs can be scaled down and rigged on a dinghy for almost no money at all. A few bucks in plywood and some pvc pipes could get you a small self steering system. Don't worry about trying to build a servo-pendulum system for your 50' sailboat right off the bat. Start simple, start easy. Bill Belcher's book helps you do that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Sailing Podcast on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you get a chance to find a 'reasonably priced' copy of this book I would suggest it is a great resource for getting the gist of how the wind vane works. Bill Belcher is an expert in this field and you may also be able to find a copy of his book about being wrecked while sailing - another great read - Shipwreck on Middleton Reef: The story of a Tasman survivor. Come and visit us at The Sailing Podcast where we have an interview with Allan Breckall that refers to some of the heavy weather he sailed in around the same time that Bill Belcher was shipwrecked - [...]
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This is a great book with all the information I need to build my own steering gear. I am looking forward to saving thousands of dollars by doing my own build over the vanes available on the open market.
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I've always wanted a wind vane self steering system but although the commercial versions may have their place - they are eye-wateringly expensive, particularly if you buy one and can't get on with it. I was lucky enough to get hold of a second-hand copy of Bill's book and had a go at building an OGT Mk2 for my well-balanced fin-keeled Trident 24' I built my gear and test-sailed it across the English Channel with success and it's opened up a new chapter with my sailing experience. I have made a modification with the course setting system where I can make vane adjustments from the cockpit. The good thing about this particular design is that it's a vane to tiller system with no servo paddle to get fouled up and presenting difficulties when motoring in reverse.
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