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r.furborough...you make good sense but reality is that this boat is going to be used predominantly by us for coastal work and I would be very surprised indeed if we were to ever do more than the odd overnight passage in her. Almost all our intended destinations are within a few days sail and even e.g Tasmania which is a week or so sail from Sydney we would be unlikely to attempt in one hit. Lord Howe Island is three or four days offshore, that is probably the longest passage we will ever make in Raven.
Our old Navico WP5000 has worked quite well for us and previous owners but at 20 years of age it is simply wearing out. The WP is long discontinued and even basic parts such as belts are almost impossible to come by. The Raymarine is a far superior machine to the auto helm and for our intended application is on paper more than adequate.
The Womboat is a quite well balanced old girl, indeed she will steer herself quite well provided she is properly trimmed. As such a wheel pilot is a worthwhile addition probably of more importance when motoring than when under sail.
If , on the other hand, we intended heading offshore for weeks at a time then without doubt I'd go for a below deck unit.
Thanks again for the feedback.
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