OK we just crossed the Atlantic and are relaxing in St. Maarten, well actually we are trying to get our diesel
repaired, LOL. Some of you have either purchased or were thinking of purchasing
a CPT wheel
pilot. We purchased one as back up if our larger, more powerful Raymarine
electric/hydraulic ever gave up the ghost.
was flawless however it drank goobs of amps so we needed to run the engine
to top off the batteries even though we had a decent solar
setup and when our engine
started to give us trouble we started to really cutback on our electrical
use. All of a sudden our back up autopilot
was asked to carry the full load which it did without missing a beat for 80% of the trip.
There is a bit of a learning
curve on setting up the sensitivity but once I had it dialed in it looked after things without an issue.
I am really impressed with this new model and it was able to handle the boat under spinnaker
or white sails
and in light winds to winds in the 30 knot
plus range. I thought it might want to jump cogs in the belt when the going got a little rough but there was none of that. It used less steering
impute than our larger model yet held a very good course, maybe not quite as good as the larger one but totally adequate for the job and better than most helmsmen. If you are looking for a good powerful wheel
pilot that has no problems steering
a 42 footer across the Atlantic for days on end then take a good look at the CPT, it really is good gear