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davera20023
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Auto Pilot

Post by davera20023 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:28 am

I would like to add an Auto Pilot to my 26X. I would appreciate any recommendations.

I solo sail and it is just too difficult without the auto pilot.

Thanks,
Don

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Spector
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Re: Auto Pilot

Post by Spector » Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Loads of info on here regarding autopilots. Can't go wrong with the Raymarine EV-100.
Search google with ' site: macgregorsailors.com ev-100 ' . (This sites search function doesn't have much history left to it seems)

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sailboatmike
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Re: Auto Pilot

Post by sailboatmike » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:30 pm

davera20023 wrote:I would like to add an Auto Pilot to my 26X. I would appreciate any recommendations.

I solo sail and it is just too difficult without the auto pilot.

Thanks,
Don
I hope you have a big pocket book, to get the best of a auto pilot you need at least wind instruments so it will steer to the wind, I know here in Australia it runs to around $4,000 plus installation ($3,000USD). Of course you can go without the wind steer but that limits the functionality but will save you around $800USD and of course you can do the installation yourself.

Raymarine also have a track record of not keeping parts once the unit gets a bit older, so find out what breaks and buy spares, I know parts for my Sport Pilot Plus auto pilot that was fitted in 1995 were not available as early as 2003 (And I mean NO parts were available). Raymarine just told anybody looking for parts to buy a new autopilot

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