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Does Furuno make a good autopilot?

I'm thinking of replacing my Autohelm 6000 with a new autopilot. The 2 I am looking at are Simrad and Furuno. I don't know anything about the Furuno unit but it looks like a nice unit and I have a Furuno chartplotter and radar and am very happy with them so far. I am a little concerned about putting all my eggs in one basket though.
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Forget Raymarine... they are Autohelm with a new sticker.

WH has a good rep.

Furuno makes quality gear.

I have had an Alpha 3000 mostfet working perfectly for 19 years... many trips back and forth to the Caribbean... on duty 99.9% of the time. 30,000+ miles. Can't beat that.

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TE...I think Furuno is new to this and from wha I can determine they do not have a quadrant compatible drive unit...looks like they are geared for power boats only at this time. I like Furuno but would not go with them on this at this stage of the game.
I had a Raymarine linear drive on my last boat and a Simrad on this one. The simrad is more advanced and the hydraulic ram drive is more reliable imho and I was well satisfied with it.
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SanderO,
Thanks for your thoughts.
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If Furuno is not quadrant compatible then that's out. Thanks. I'll take a hard look at Simrad.
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Do you have mechanical or hydraulic steering?

Are we talking wheel, tiller or below decks? Heavy weather sailing or weekender stuff?

I would suggest either ComNav or W-H, but then I tend to follow the fishing fleet in gear choices more than the recreational sailors.
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I would suggest either ComNav or W-H, but then I tend to follow the fishing fleet in gear choices more than the recreational sailors.
That would explain the steel hull.
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