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looking to get advice on buying a new autopilot for my endevour33 not sure which one best suits this boat where can i look for info
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At West Marine: Home Page you'll find advisory on selecting an AP. It's a good start. Basically, look for long/short passages to select a wheel/rudder mounted, then size of boat, finally, look at your budget. All other features will be evaluated when you drill down on prospects. You'll find many good AP on market, but I'm a Raymarine fan, due to good local support. I've had rudder installed for many years, fault free.
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thank you...i was going for a rudder mounted one right off the bat, last year sailing from greenport to oyster bay one of the wheels on the idler underneath the pedistal sheered off and a rudder mount ap would have come in handy....thank you for the website
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Very good, and if budget permits, go for a Gyro installed. You shouldda see it handling an assymetric at 15kt/5 feet seas ..... beter than me !
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Buy the best

My advice is to buy the best you can afford. Don't scrimp and don't accept the sizing charts. Go for one that will handle a much bigger boat. You won't be sorry.

My first AP was a wheel mounted one and it handled things just fine until the seas kicked up a bit and then it just threw the belt. I replaced it with a hydraulic one mounted directly to the rudder and love it. Raymarine makes a good product.
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I'd second what dwayne said about going oversized on the pilot... It is generally a good idea...
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Snooping the forums for reliable information on autopilots. Had a Ramarine wheelpilot on my 30 foot Islander and it's done great BUT about to close on a 44 Gulfstar Center cockpit so I'm trying decide on an autopilot for her. 26,000 displacement so I'm looking at below decks units. I would love some in depth good discussion here as I'm open to suggestions.
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Unless one has had trouble with an autopilot, it is likely that everyone will support the one they have. I will not depart from that.

I have a Raymarine ST6001 which was on the boat when I bought it.

If I have the opportunity to replace it with no limit on expense, I would replace it with another exactly the same. It is a extraordinary piece of kit on which I would (and have) stake my life. There is no better recommendation.

I have several friends who have the same AP and all agree with me completely.

And no, I have no shares or financial interest in Raymarine

Mine is on a Morgan 44 CC
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Does your autopilot have a linear drive? I'm looking at the ST70 control head. The x30 course computer and a type 2 linear drive all from Raymarine. However, I've seen several other brands but the literature on all the autopilots, including the Raymarine, is sparse and at times confusing. Looks like I'll be dropping around 4 grand and I want to make a good decision as I'm sure I'll be stuck with it for a while.
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In-depth discussion (as requested):

Excellent autopilots (in order of my choice):

1. W-H Autopilots, esp. the P-3 w/hydraulic RAM
2. Simrad/Robertson
3. Alpha
4. Brooks and Gatehouse
5. Furuno

Just OK autopilots:

1. Raymarine (not great support, though)
2. Autohelm 7000

Garmin makes one for powerboats which has shown some good feedback.

Tons of info on this and other Boards (CruisersForum, SSCA, etc.).

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