I would like some help in choosing an autopilot
system for a yacht I am looking at purchasing
. She's a 38ft steel hull
Pugh of about 15t displacement
. She has mechanical steering
via cable and quadrant.
I am looking at a lot of autopilot
systems ATM. I really like the idea of the Raymarine
SPX30 system. Being in Australia
I have hit two problems as far as Raymarine
products are concerned.
Problem Number one: The website seems to be locked up tight so that the consumer can't actually access any technical information regarding these products. I have a quote from a local supplier (re problem no 2) for the SPX30 computer and compass
, the ST6002 Display unit and the Type 2 Short linear Drive
unit. How do I know that the Type 2 short drive is the one that I want? I would hope the person who quoted the parts
knows what he's doing but I can't double check as the website is locked out. Does anyone know where I might be able to access technical data for these items?
Problem Number two: Local prices in Australia
are ridiculous. I can get the same parts
from the US at about 40% less even once GST and postage are taken into account. There is the issue of local warranty but even if I have to send it back once or twice for warranty I am still WAY ahead in price
. My other issue here relates to problem number one in that I need to be sure that I am ordering the correct Drive unit. I have looked at a couple of websites in the US and the Marine
dot com site looks pretty good in terms of price
. Has anyone used them before? I can't seem to find anyone talking about them so it's hard to tell.
Anyway, if you can help please post - it will be much appreciated.