Originally Posted by Windblown
Anyone have experience with the CPT autopilot
? I have a Hunter
420 CC, and it looks to be marginal for that, although the website indicates it has been installed on larger boats. I do coastal cruising, in fair weather
. No blue water
stuff, crossing oceans, so I don't need something bullet proof that will enable me to evade Somali pirates in a typhoon. I also don't need to interface it with anything, just looking for something to steer for a few hours at a time while I keep watch. I have a genset onboard and ample battery capacity, so battery draw isn't really an issue either.
This sounds like a great use case for the CPT.
I use it on a 41 ft 22,000 pound yawl. Works great on all points of sail, all sea states I've seen (which aint much, I'm a wimp.) Installation
took a couple hours.
Its not in my way at all despite a bit of a tight helm
position with the mizzen on my back and the pedestal
practically in my lap. It's easy to flip on and off, doesn't introduce any noticeable resistance to the helm
when disengaged, and it's *completely* silent. I've had APs before which made noises that were more annoying than hand-steering.
Only "drawback" I see is that it's fundamentally *not* a redundant steering
system, unlike a below-deck pilot driving the rudderpost directly. If a steering
cable goes or something else breaks with the pedestal
, my only option is the emergency
tiller. Thats fine, I'm not doing any big crossings.