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Old 20-07-2015, 21:57   #1
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Auto Pilot for a 73' C&C 30

what are your recommendations? Wheel steering.
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Old 22-07-2015, 09:07   #2
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Re: Auto Pilot for a 73' C&C 30

I use a cpt wheel pilot on my 1990 hunter legend 37.5. She is 16000 pounds displacement. It makes no noise, and is very strong. I have had it for two years and it had exceeded my expectations.


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Old 22-07-2015, 13:30   #3
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Re: Auto Pilot for a 73' C&C 30

A wheel pilot would be your best bet if the helm is light. They have gotten quite sophisticated in their electronics to cut down on amperage and increase responsiveness. Cost a little more than a boat unit and are easy to install and use. The usual suspects make them like Raymarine. Even though they are not really designed for heavy duty use, people have crossed oceans using them. These are not suitable for boats that have a heavy helm, though. The Raymarine X5 steered my boat fine under power and days on end but would only handle the boat under sail in light air. The motor would stall out with the heavy weather helm as boat speed increased.

The CPT has been reported to have plenty of oomph to steer almost any boat but the electronics are/were basic. They may have made recent upgrades as I think the company was taken over by new blood.
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Old 22-07-2015, 16:29   #4
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Re: Auto Pilot for a 73' C&C 30

CPT autopilot. Been using it for many years on a much larger boat and love it.
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