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ST6001 vs. ST4000 auto pilot

My boat is a Catalina 36 with a displacement of 14,100. With this displacement, I can go with either the ST6001 or ST4000 auto pilot. ST6001 installed is $2500 more. Is the ST6001 worth the extra money? Thanks
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ST6001 vs. ST4000 auto pilot

What will you be doing with it? Motoring in flat water the 4000 will be fine, and save $$. If you get into open water the 6001 (with appropriate ram etc.) is more the answer. We have the 6001 on an 18,000# boat and have been very impressed. We were concerned over potential energy consumption with the 6001 but found that by adjusting the deadband when in rough water and making sure the rig is well balanced it has been quite low.
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