is great in wind
for sailing. does nothing for motoring. i have no wind vane
but i do have a hydraulic auto pilot on my quadrant. will steer my heavy boat in BIIG winds safely and accurately. if i had a choice i would go with the kind i have. takes money
. mine is simrad
hdl2000. heavy and reliable, so far. uses very little electricity. awesome machine.
your boat is heavy, so think along those lines... autohelm
isnt gonna do it for your boat, even with a heavy duty one, unless is a quadrant mounted pilot.
units are not reliable an d do not work well in BIIIG winds or heavy seas. the boat will work better in those situations than the auto helm
. i donot know who else makes hydraulic systems for steering
, but i would go that way, given a choice. i am fortunate min ecame with this steering system.