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Re: Self steering dilemma
I have a small wheel pilot and use it for motoring and some light dead down wind work. This is a good combo for me. The Monitor has more then paid for itself in reliability and durability. Never had to wait for wind vane parts in exotic ports. I
So I have an AP that has worked flawlessly since I got the boat. A friend has sailed for several years with the same model AP and not a hiccup. So I guess that also qualifies as "paid for itself in reliability" especially since it's way less expensive than a good quality wind pilot.
Wheel pilots IMHO are for small boats - once you get to 35ft or more they're not going to do the job and then a wind pilot would be better (even though I don't like them
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