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Old 08-06-2008
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Which Auto Pilot?

Hello all,
well we have saved and saved and now its time to buy some goodies for the boat. We have a Cheiftain 38 sloop with a transom mounted rudder that is controlled by wheel and cables to a quadrant on the rudder. We would like to install a auto pilot but having absolutley no idea about these installations I am after opinions on which brand and what type is recommended. We do coastal sailing with a view to some limited blue water sailing in Australia.
At the recent Sydney Boat show I was quite impressed by the simrad brand but that may have just been the salesman who knew his product. I do have concerns regarding connecting a hydraulic ram to the quadrant but I think thats just me being a tad old fashioned compared to the older wheel style auto helm style.
Any input would be greatly appreciated


Regards
Sue and Greg
Lake Macquarie
New South Wales in Oz
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