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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.
I can't stress this enough, but a AUTOPILOT is an absolute GOD-SEND. Now they stink when the winds are crazy shifty, but when the winds are consistent, they give you an extra hand to actually do fore-deck work, or sort lines, or anything that requires 2 hands to do correctly (winch in a jib perhaps?).
I agree completely. While I have single-handed with my boat before installing the tiller pilot, it was awkward at best and dangerous at the worst. Now, after investing about $600. and an afternoon to install, I go out by myself on Lake Michigan all the time. Not having an autopilot would not be acceptable!
I have the ST2000 (Raymarine) on my C&C24. While the displacement would apparently allow the cheaper ST1000, I prefer to have the faster response time and higher power due to the immense loads imposed when cruising or steaming downwind.