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Old 13-06-2024, 16:21   #1
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THANKS PELAGIC AUTO PILOTS

And especially Mike Scheck, for promptly and patiently
talking me through test options and supplying new
parts, for my AP, after a failure. Turned out to be a wiring
failure on the boat and I returned the unneeded bits.
I can easily recommend this AP and company.
On my 1968 P35, sailing the Fiji Archipelago.
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Re: THANKS PELAGIC AUTO PILOTS

Thanks for sharing, your excellent experience with https://pelagicautopilot.com/
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Re: THANKS PELAGIC AUTO PILOTS

Thanks for the input on Pelagic AP.

How does it steer your P35? (Assume thatís a Pearson 35) Any issues, good points, bad points, etc. Considering one for a Cal 39....fin keel, spade rudder, IOR era design, 18000 lb displ.

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Re: THANKS PELAGIC AUTO PILOTS

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Thanks for the input on Pelagic AP.

How does it steer your P35? (Assume thatís a Pearson 35) Any issues, good points, bad points, etc. Considering one for a Cal 39....fin keel, spade rudder, IOR era design, 18000 lb displ.

Tks
Doug, the Pelagic on my P35, is a tiller pilot and it works
splendidly on a very heavy helm. My boat loaded is about
seven tons. Pelagic told me that Iím at the upper limit for their
standard tiller pilot.
Cal 39, tiller? Even with your nicely balanced helm, youíll
probably need the heavy duty model.
Bad points, costly
, poor standard mounting hardware.
Good points, customer service
, learns sea state and pilots the boat beautifully.
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Old 17-06-2024, 05:46   #5
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Re: THANKS PELAGIC AUTO PILOTS

I emphatically agree with the OP's comments.

Currently sailing the Caribbean on my Wetsnail 32. After years of using Autohelm/Raymarine 2000s for motoring and light air conditions (I use an old Aries when the wind picks up), I purchased and installed the heavy duty unit in March during a mini-refit in St. Maarten.

Note: I always carried at least one RM as a backup....their normal life, for me, was approx 1 year on an admittedly overweight boat that sometimes requires a rather active helm.

Pros
The unit (heavy duty) is SUPER robust, very responsive and adaptive, and can handle SeaHawk in all sea states and with any helm loading. Unlike the RM, it does not seem to be laboring or overstressed.

Cons
Obviously, it is expensive...you get what you pay for.
Unfortunately for me, it was not "drop in" replacement for the RM. I could not figure out a way to mount the Pelagic on the "extension bar" that was attached to SeaHawk's bulwark. I had a custom SS bracket made by a local welder ($300) that solved the problem. The tiller end was easily adapted from the "knob" to the "pin." With the bracket installed, I am very happy with the setup and feel it can handle most any offshore condition. Wish I could share a picture...currently on dirt for
another week. Oh yeah....it does burn a lot of AH but, again, it's a lot more active and stronger than the RM.

Obviously, I don't have a long-term perspective. That said, based on its behavior and robust construction, I expect it to be a great long-term addition to SeaHawk's equipment.

Just my perspective....your results may differ. But a very happy customer so far.
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