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Simrad Wheelpilot 30

I would like to get an autopilot for my Tanzer ''26. I have read good things about the Simrad Wheelpilot 30 but would like some input from someone who actually owns one. How do they handle on different points of sail? Any weaknesses or annoyances? Any input would be great before I spend the cash.
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Simrad Wheelpilot 30

I''ve had the Navico equivalent (Simrad bought Navico and merely changed the color of the plastic housing from gray to black) on my Pearson 27 for 2 years and really like the unit. No problems, no quirks on any point of sail. Only proviso with that last statement is that I have''nt had a chance to use it in big following seas, conditions which often cause auto-pilots problems. But my guess is that it will do well even then.

One big advantage of the Simrad is it''s all self-contained. No separate compass unit to mount elsewhere like with the Raymarine. People go nuts trying to figure out where to install that compass. It''s not a concern with the Simrad.

Easy to install yourself as long as you can get the cord down through the binnacle or some other way. I had to run mine through the stainless steel binnacle guard, which I only learned after trying to fish it down the binnacle inself for an hour. No biggee, just aggrevating at the time.

You''ll like the unit. Go for it.
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