technology has matured to the point that it can be trusted as much as any other control system. There are cement pumpers used all over the US everyday without news making failures. About 1/2 of the travel lifts that I've seen in the last year are radio
controlled. I have a twin engine trawler
with no bow thruster and would rather have one of these than a bow thruster for single
handing. For me the issue is sight lines and being able to be anywhere on deck
to handle lines. 120 + locks doing America's Great Loup and I can put the boat where it needs to be if I can see the corners (and the boat that is moving in behind me) but in wind
I can't always make it stay in one spot very long to get a line ashore. I would love to have one and yes I would test the living day lights out of it where I wouldn't hit anything before using it in close quarters.
I have little experience on cats (assuming Hobies don't count
) but it looks to me that absent a helm
station on an aft corner sight lines are not that great on the big ones.