To put it bluntly, anyone who does not have a pendulum servo self-steering vane like an Aires, Monitor
, Cape Horn on a W32 is clueless. These vanes will steer the boat if it will make headway under sail. Did more than 10,000 miles with an Aires and the subsequent owners did another 25,000 with the vane. Probably spent less than 24 hours total at the helm
, didn't have an autopilot for powering, in all those miles. Never tried it, but there is the possiblilty of using a cheap
tiller pilot on the vane to steer a compass
course if you want. The vane steers the boat so well that the only thing you need an autopilot for is powering. Powering doesn't take much of an autopilot.
FWIW, just bought an SPX5 GP Tiller Pilot Core
Pack for $1600. You'd still need the control head
but should be able to get it up and running for around $2,000. A used Monitor
will cost you about $1500.