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post #4 of Old 03-13-2002
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Installing An Autopilot

Yes. Autopilots are not perfect but can be used in most motoring situations and when the sail plan is well balanced. The autopilot has approx. a dozen settings that need to be "tweaked" for the boat and sometimes due to the conditions. Its not a big deal; the manual spells out which setting to change given an undesireable autopilot trait. Obviously the autopilot cannot compensate for things like tidal drift; you need to just set you course high or low to offset. Raytheon documention is quite good; I don''t think you have anything to worry about. Is this a tiller pilot or a wheel pilot?
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