Re: Autopilot Install
All of the advice has been great. Another thought:
I typically singlehand as my wife is busy wrangling the two kids. Other than dodging crab pots or avoiding traffic, I do a lot of steering from *in front* of the wheel. This is especially true when I need to adjust the headsail or trim the jib sheets while tacking/jibing by myself.
I hadn't thought about the companionway mount which would be easy to reach when maneuvering. There are two existing holes already there from older instruments.
Weine's description of reaching around to find the buttons sounds like what I would have to do if I mount on the pedestal guard.
A remote sounds nice. Probably outside of the budget for the year but something I might splurge on.