I'm looking for opinions and suggestions for budget autopilot
for my boat
; a steel
Trireme 35, a sloop
, with tiller steering
, and weighs in at about 10 tonnes.
I currently have an old Simrad
TP30 tiller pilot that has done sterling service
over the years. I have an Aries windvane
that takes over for most of the offshore work
but inshore and motoring the TP30 gets used.
I'm looking to replace but don't really know what is available at the budget
end of the spectrum for a boat
of this size. I am familiar with the Raymarine
products and have several thousand ocean miles with their new Evo head
and associated brains, but on bigger boats 55' and 75', and tens of thousands with the older versions.
One thiing I don't like with the new Raymarine
units is the dumming down of the settings with just three settings to choose from for the entire thing.. I don't remember exactly but Race
, performance and cruise
modes or something like that. I like to be able to tweak for sea state, rudder
gain, response, etc.. In its defence the Evo head
does an awesome job and learns and adapts to the conditions superbly.
I'm thinking of something like this kit from Raymarine
(about 3300 USD) but the next one down with the ACU100 and the smaller tiller drive (about 1500USD) would probably work
for me too.
My question is what do people on here recommenced within a similar, or smaller, budget?
I wan't to keep the power consumption
low, no continuously running motors for hydraulics or anything like that. I have a pretty full instrument package on a N2K network but have NMEA0183 available too.
I know I can also use my tiller pilot to operate the windvane
head and get the power of the servo steering
that way but the price
of new and spare tiller pilot has me looking down the route
of proper job.