We ran into an old cruising friend that we had last seen 14 years ago in the South Pacific
while we were in Greece
last year. They had completed a circumnavigation
on a 50 foot sloop
with a single
We were looking for a backup to our below decks as I've always had a vane and an autopilot but this time we are going with an autopilot and spare.
After listening to him tell me what great luck he had with the CPT we contacted the new owner and found out that he had just completed his new update on this rather old design. He had about a dozen units out there with serious cruisers checking out the new unit before it went on the market.
I told him to give me a call when he was satisfied that the new model was perfected.
Several months later he sent me an email
that he was ready to sell this new unit and I gave him the OK to ship.
I really can't say enough good things about his new unit, it has the power of the old one and hopefully the reliability
as well as a modern compass
to allow it to tack through any angle you want to select as well as make heading changes of 1 degree or 10 degrees.
We are really sold on this new model as it uses so little power. It will steer the boat under spinnaker
and has been tested downwind in about 20 knots with white sails
(sorry but thats all the wind
Now I have one caveat and that is our boat tracks very well and is very easy on the helm
so different boats might have different experiences but from our experience over the last year or so we give it an 8+