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experience with Navman autopilots

We're fixing up a somewhat neglected Roberts 434 and looking at autopilot systems. Wondering about opinions on the newer below-deck autopilots out there. SV Funkadelic is 43' LOD, around 16 T displacement, modified fin keel with skeg-hung rudder; hydraulic steering with dual helms. Cost is a big issue for us; at this point the Navman system is looking the most promising, coming in at well under $2000 at the discount stores with the larger hydraulic pump and smaller display.
Any experience with this autopilot or thoughts on others?

Lorca, Stephanie and Sage
SV Funkadelic
Roberts 434 (Steel, Epoxy, Fe2O3)
Richmond, CA
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