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post #19 of Old 03-18-2011
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I purchased a new X-5 Autopilot and installed on my Pearson 30 before cruising for 6 months. We used the autopilot a LOT offshore, and it handled the boat fairly well in sea's up to 6 feet. Anything above that and it would either overwork itself or keep a very inconsistent course, depending on how we set the sensitivity. All in all we had very good luck with the unit. Wheel units are much cheaper than belowdeck units and while not perfect, are the economical choice for autopilots on boats under 18,000 lbs.
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