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Old 28-02-2018, 13:06   #16
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maybe a wind vain maybe cheaper and no power needed ,, i brought mine second hand for $500 (AUD)
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maybe a wind vain maybe cheaper and no power needed ,, i brought mine second hand for $500 (AUD)
also a spare redundant Tiller if the worst happens
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Old 28-02-2018, 13:44   #18
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Re: Can you recommend an auto pilot

If you don't connect to your chart plotter, you won't be able to set waypoints.
So, you can set a magnetic bearing, and trust it steers straight.
I would keep an eye out though, as the course could steer you into a land mass.
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Old 28-02-2018, 13:58   #19
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If you don't connect to your chart plotter, you won't be able to set waypoints.
So, you can set a magnetic bearing, and trust it steers straight.
I would keep an eye out though, as the course could steer you into a land mass.
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I just set waypoints on the chart plotter and the occasional glimpse tells me if we are on course or not. If its off I want to know why which may not be obvious.
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Re: Can you recommend an auto pilot

Another vote for Pelagic. For less than $1k you can get a complete AP with all of the modern sensors included. It might be possible to use the included linear drive with a quadrant, or just buy the electronics and buy the ram or pump separately. There are other sources of linear drives than the big marine companies, and some money can be saved there as well. One well known source is Octopus | Octopus Autopilot Drive Systems. Or buy used drives.

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Re: Can you recommend an auto pilot

This got listed in the classified section yesterday:
Raymarine Autohelm ST4000 Wheel Autopilot System
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Old 28-02-2018, 17:24   #22
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The reviews of the CPT system are really positive & it appears to be quite easy to install.

Features of the CPT Autopilot - CPT Autopilot Inc.
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Used the raymarine wheel pilot, so so, have the CPT on my Tayana 37, love it, simple, easy to take off and stow below, Fantastic service.
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Thanks everyone for the response. I’m buying the used Raymarine autohlem.
I’m mostly going to be using this for solo day sailing or trips to Catalina. So I’m just looking for it to keeping me on course long enough to adjust sails and use the head or make a sandwich! I’ll know you can use some bungee cords too but I like that I’m starting to have a big boy sailboat.
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Thanks everyone for the response. I知 buying the used Raymarine autohlem.
I知 mostly going to be using this for solo day sailing or trips to Catalina. So I知 just looking for it to keeping me on course long enough to adjust sails and use the head or make a sandwich! I値l know you can use some bungee cords too but I like that I知 starting to have a big boy sailboat.
well done and a great choice ,,

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If your budget can stretch to a high end bulletproof autopilot, consider a unit by NKE, a French company, whose units are used on French single handed racing boats,

This includes the Vend馥 Globe and Figaro Class events.

https://www.nke-marine-electronics.com/autopilot/
I see he has made a good choice but out of interest how much do you think one of those systems cost? since you're recommending NKE how much did you spend?

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For your needs keep it simple and cheap. Find an Auto Helm 3000 or 4000.
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Re: Can you recommend an auto pilot

I have a Simrad with a Raymarine drive unit #1, plenty of power for your vessel, the ram can be attached to the tiller, much better than a wheel pilot for serious offshore passage,even the CPT unit is not all that great, from my experience, the unit has been bench tested and ready to go, it's at a marine used boat equipment store, don't remember what they are asking, but if your interested, i can check, you can contact me <dptiffany@hotmail.com>, i'm in the Bay area.
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