Originally Posted by gonesail
i can't imagine why anyone would NOT install an autopilot
under the deck
. one splash of salt water
and the wheel
pilot would probably be done.
This is simply not true. When cabo rico's were produced they were shipped with an autohelm wheel
pilot option. We just removed ours and replaced it with a below deck
because finding replacement parts
for that particular model ended up being as much as a new pilot.
In any case, it provided 20 something years of steering
, including swamped cockpits where it would be located underwater occasionally, and the previous owner was very happy with it.
I have heard great things about the CPT. We plan on getting one to compliment our below decks autopilot
. I think ANY autopilot with suffer if you do not balance the helm
and sailplan well. Fortunately, our CR tracks well with the just the sail and the wheel locked in.
We steered away from hydraulic system for ours in favor or a more compact pancake motor
direct drive from Simrad
- the DD15. This is a rebrand. In boats with little space below the wheel, and little distance between the hull
and the rudder
post, you can be limited in your selection of drive units. Our only option was an octopus drive but that also took up too much room.