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View Poll Results: TELL US ABOUT YOUR AUTOPILOT, CHECK MORE THAN ONE ANSWER IF APPLICABLE
I OWN A B&G AUTOPILOT 14 8.14%
My B&G pilot has been very reliable 10 5.81%
My B&G pilot has been unreliable 2 1.16%
My B&G performs well even in a rough sea state 5 2.91%
I OWN A RAYMARINE AUTOPILOT 83 48.26%
My Raymarine pilot has been very reliable 66 38.37%
My Ramarine pilot has been unreliable 14 8.14%
My Raymarine performs well even in a rough sea state 36 20.93%
I OWN A SIMRAD AUTOPILOT 28 16.28%
My Simrad Pilot has been reliable 24 13.95%
My Simrad Pilot has been unreliable 3 1.74%
My Simrad performs well even in a rough sea state 19 11.05%
I OWN A WH AUTOPILOT 6 3.49%
My WH autopilot is very reliable 5 2.91%
My WH autopilot has been unreliable 1 0.58%
My WH pilot performs well even in a rough sea state 4 2.33%
I OWN A FURUNO AUTOPILOT 3 1.74%
My Furuno Pilot has been reliable 4 2.33%
My Furuno Pilot has been unreliable 0 0%
My Furuno Pilot performs well even in a rough sea state 4 2.33%
MY PILOT HAS A GYRO COMPASS AS WELL AS A FLUXGATE 11 6.40%
MY PILOT USES HYDRAULICS 33 19.19%
MY PILOT IS MECHANICAL 27 15.70%
MY BRAND OF PILOT IS NOT LISTED ABOVE AND I WILL DESCRIBE IT IN A POST BELOW 23 13.37%
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Old 28-01-2008, 11:39   #16
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An older StandardHorizon with hyd. stearing. It's OK, but want to upgrade to the New Navman/Northstar system.
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Old 28-01-2008, 13:54   #17
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Let's see.

In our old boat, "Moondrifter", a 1979 Mariner 28, we had a Navico WP-5000 (now Simrad). Never had a problem with it that wasn't user-induced (try a supposedly non-magnetic stainless-steel coffee mug right next to the fluxgate compass!).

In "Beausoleil", it's a Raymarine S3G (with gyro), with an ST8002 control head, and a Type III hydraulic pump. Installed last year. The control head died on the way back from a cruise to Maine. Raymarine replaced it no-questions-asked. We'll see how it holds up over time. I'll probably add a second control head at the nav station...
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Old 28-01-2008, 15:33   #18
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Mine's a B&G Network Pilot, Type 1. It usually performs pretty well, but has it's lapses. It first quit in the Bermuda Triangle, mysteriously, and then came back on. It's had a few additional unexplained lapses in the Chesapeake and the Caribbean, but has recovered without assistance.

Has trouble handling large quartering seas offshore, so we hand steer. That's OK with me. I love to drive the boat, and tell my crew, "Why let the autopilot have all the fun?" Besides, how else can you tell if the boat is balanced unless you can feel the wheel?

Probably averages 4 amps in a 6-9' sea state. Just a guess, since the draw varies from zero to 8 amps or so. Less draw on smooth water, of course. I think it's slightly underpowered for my boat, unfortunately. which weighs about 24,000 lbs.
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Old 30-01-2008, 14:09   #19
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St1000 circuit board corroded. Definitely need to keep it out of the weather!! Got it going and and used it for two years. It stopped again just recently and now just beeps. ...I miss Albert terribly and curse sitting at the helm steering for hours.....
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:11   #20
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Just came back from the Seattle boat show . I looked all the autopilots that were there ,and it looks like I will settle with Hydrovane self steering with tiller pilot combination . Simple ,easy to install ,more rigid than any other windvane ,and doesn't stick aft as much as Monitor . There are lots of sailors that circumnavigate with this "combo" .
The only problem is cost $7500 plus delivery from England and the tiller pilot of my choice.
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Old 31-01-2008, 07:04   #21
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Alpha 3000

Alpha 3000 on a 32' cutter for two years. No problems, steered well in all conditions including quartering seas, low current draw, easy to use. I am putting another Alpha on my new boat.
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Old 08-02-2008, 16:57   #22
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WP-10 who could ask for more.
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Old 08-02-2008, 20:48   #23
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who makes it ? and what's the cost ? is it electric or hydraulic?
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Old 08-02-2008, 21:45   #24
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Old boat has a Wagner hydraulic autopilot, has been totally reliable for over 15 years. Newer boat has Autohelm 7000, I'll let you know how it is after a couple of years, but seems to work great and must be 10 years old at least, hydraulic. Monitor windvane has steered the boat all over the Pacific (PO) in some severe storms and still looks new. If I were buying new I would get Comnav, most popular with commercial fishermen here in the PNW and Alaska.

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Old 09-02-2008, 03:48   #25
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Furuno

We have a Furuno and it has been excellent. Used it in 5-6' quartering seas with winds 20+ under sail for about 18 hours and it lost it's heading and had to be reset just once. Very easy to use once you can figure out the directions.....a lot is lost in the translation. Have used it for three years with no problems. It is hydraulic with a gyro.

Would buy another in a heartbeat.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:46   #26
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WH Autopilot, drives the boats in ALL conditions- we have never had to assume manual control of the boat even in 50 knot sustained winds with very steep seas on the quarter.
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Old 09-02-2008, 14:52   #27
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The Prev. Owner of our boat gave us an older Navico belt drive. I will buy a linear drive unit this year as the Navico simply does not cut it. Fine in flat calm motoring but not much more. POS.

Most folks name their Autopilots. Ours is "Rufus" How about telling us your pilots name when posting to this track!
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Old 09-02-2008, 18:14   #28
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We have an old autohelm 3000 on our morgan 34 which works great. We call it "Captain Ron." We are looking for a 2nd one as a backup. We were going to get a simrad WP32 but they don't make them anymore. The only other manual wheel pilot I can find , now, is by raymarine. Is this my only option?
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Old 09-02-2008, 18:26   #29
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I named the tillerpilot on my previous boat (Corsair 36 trimaran) "Tina," since she was a Turner. Maybe the next one will be Ted. Or not.

I'm currently shopping for a robust autopilot that can drive a 30 cubic inch Wagner cylinder and play nice in a steel hull.

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With AP's

With AP's the set up is CRITICAL. A buddy of mine, with the identical AP (brand not important), was always bitching and moaning about how badly it performed and how he was going to buy X-brand instead.

Well after about three hours of me helping with tweaking, test sails and set up, in menu's he never seen, all he could talk about was how great his autopilot was. He's still using it to this day and absolutely loves it..

It's all in the details and proper set up. DO NOT let the AP decide what "pre-programed" sail boat settings to choose! Dial it in your self and the difference will be like night and day!!
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