On our recent delivery
from the Chesapeake to St John USVI we decided that an autopilot
should be fitted to the hunter
34 that was the project boat
Some of you will have read about the delivery
from hell, but more of that in another thread.
We purchased a Raymarine
spx5 smartpilot for the voyage with the intention of transferring it to our own cat when we got to St John.
The pilot lasted 4 days before dropping it's inner working ball bearings on the deck
and seizing almost solid, which meant removing the wheel
to remove the pilot while at sea, not my favorite option but the only one available.
Sent the Smartpilot back to Raymarine
in NH and three weeks later they have contacted to say that they will replace under warrenty the unit and all I have to cover is the post.
Seems like a result to me!
Well done Raymarine for doing it right the first time.