Originally Posted by TQA
CPT is an alternative wheel pilot CPT Autopilot Inc.
Has a good rep amongst cruisers. See soggypaws
Forgot about CPT. They are well built & robust but I have a customer with one and I'd spend the money for below deck before going that route. Awkward is the best way to describe my experiences with it...
If the OP's AP was installed in 1997 then it is almost 15 years old. Not bad for a WP and for what they cost....
I personally don't find that the big names are any more reliable than one another. Robertson used to be very reliable but I don't find it to be the same level of reliability under Simrad....They are all pretty good and occasionally you get a dud with all of them.
Personally I have no problem with Raymarine except for their flat rate repair rates for out of warranty product. They just turned around a customers wind vane, that had a fight with an Osprey, in about 5 days door to door.