Re: Self steering dilemma
Our girl has an Hydravane with the Tiller Pilot option. While we have only used it infrequently and never the tiller pilot, previous owner swore by the thing. You need to be generating a fair amount of juice to keep a powered auto pilot running 24 hours a day. We had a Raymarine wheel pilot on our old boat and while it functioned perfectly well it was damnably noisy compared to below deck and/or wind vane.
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