Zeehag, thanks for the advice on the Simrad, I'll look at that model. I'm not sure what total displacement
their website said, but I'm thinking it was quite a bit less than my 36K#. Yet, my boat was steered well by a Sailomat windvane
, so perhaps such length and displacement
categories are too arbitrary.
Geoduck, I've sailed on boats with Aires, Monitor
, Hyrdrovane etc, and my Sailomat beats them all IMHO, for my own reasons, YMMV. I loved how well it steered, adn I could certainly fix a tillerpilot on top if I wanted to, but that's not where I'm trying to go. I want my whole fantastic 8' wide integrated swim platform back for a swim platform, and not a place to load up a junkyard of moving parts
and lines and blocks smack in the middle.
Really, I want the A/P instead of a vane, just to clear off my swim platform. I can then pull a 12' RIB
right up my transom and put 8' of it on my aft deck
(built for that purpose) with 4' and it's O/B motor
hanging off the back. Roll it in the water
to launch. But then I thought I really needed a windvane for crossing oceans, and I had no more great open swim platform, with aft deck space for a 12' RIB
Sounds like the Simrad will work
for me. Or a WH, I'll check them too. Whatever it is, I want it under the deck of my 4' X 8' swim platform, and not on top of it.