I am giving consideration to an auto pilot drive. I believe either of the Octopus 1012LAM7 or Simrad
HLD350 mk2 short (both 7 inch throws) will be suitable for my Ontario
32 and usage confined to coastal cruising the Great Lakes
. If I recall
correctly, both have about the same specifications as far as thrust go, though Octopus rates their unit at 33,000 lb displacement
vs 10,000 Simrad
. Any thoughts as to one over the other?
Supplemental question: Any reason other than space limitations why one would want the remote
version of these units, that is the pump separated from the RAM?
Thanks for any insight.