Originally Posted by Ilenart
Hi Guys & Gals,
for various reasons I have put my yacht on the market and one of the items I am debating about is whether to upgrade the autopilot. The existing Benmar autopilot has been fairly flukey and recently gave us a lot of problems on a three week trip. Existing system is about 30 years old.
Thinking of replacing with a Raymarine system, which will probably be around $3,000 (Oz $) plus $1,000 installation.
The advice from the broker is that there have been some negative comments on the age of the electronics. He suggested that buyers are normally looking for a depthsounder, GPS / Nav system and auto pilot. The first two are already covered.
If the yacht does'nt sell by Xmas I'm planning a 2 week cruise down south where the autopilot will come in handy.
I'm thinking it is a no brainer and I should replace, however interested in any comments / experience people have.
The boat will sell without the electronics - if its buggy - remove it, and now its a boat with expansion in mind instead of major replace. Tricky words and phrases but if I pose this:
Would you buy:
1. Buy with no autopilot - knowing you can add your own..
2. Buy with a an outdated unit, buggier than all, and now the customer thinks its part of the price and wants it replaced.
Remove it - and don't invest in a new one.