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When is it time to replace your autopilot?
I never had an autopilot before my current boat. It has an Autohelm 6000, I'm guessing about 15 years old. So far I'm not pleased with it's performance. In a moderate chop it wanders a good bit. I should measure it but I'm going to guess 10 degrees either side of the course while motoring, perhaps a bit more. It has rudder sensitivity adjustment but that doesn't help much. I've been thinking of upgrading to a Simrad but I'd hate to spend the dollars and find that it performs the same as my Autohelm. I occurrs to me I don't really have any knowledge as to what to expect from an autopilot. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.