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Old 06-09-2010
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6-2010 Raymarine Or Simrad Autopilot ?

Looking for feedback on Simrad versus Raymarine autopilots. We own a 42 foot Valiant sailboat @ 26,500 lbs. Alpha 3000 autopilot came with boat, but doesn't talk to chartplotter. I have new Simrad equipment ready to install, which includes an AP24 control head, RC42 Compass, RF300 Rudder Feedback, and AC42 autopilot Computer......drive unit still pending (either DD15 or HLD2000L ?)......... I've been told that the new Raymarine autopilot is just as good (SmartPilot X-30 Corepack, ST70+ control head, Type 2 Linear Drive - Long, ST70 Sail Keypad). Equipment will be interfacing with new Raymarine E120W series chartplotter.
I've been told that the Raymarine autopilot "hunts" for the course when initially engaged; but the Simrad locks right on. I've also heard horror stories as to dependability issues with Raymarine & service issues with both.

Any feedback on which system is better, and why?
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