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I know this has been asked before, but I have read the posts across the various forums and still have questions:

I am about to add an autopilot to my Oceanis 311 (10m, 3,500 kg displacment) which we invariably sail short handed. It has B&G Network Quad for Depth, Speed, Log; B&G Wind; and Navman Tracker 900 GPS/Chartplotter. The latter will give NMEA 0183 output to the autopilot. The B&G kit needs an additional Quad repeater to give NMEA Wind sentences

The options I am considering are:
1. Raytheon ST4000+ MKII wheel pilot
2. Simrad WP30 wheel pilot
3. B&G Network pilot (but this seems a lot more work).

The obvious questions then are:

a) what is the recommendation based on experience of success (or failure)?


b) what criteria would you use to make the selection?

Thanks in advance....

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I used the Raytheon and liked it a lot. It was a workhorse. Visit my site at
I wrote a book about my experiences (Flying Star: A Sailboat''s Story) that might be helpful to you.
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I''ve used Raytheon autopilots before with good results and just fitted a new below-decks system to my Nicholson 45. Good stuff!

Either B&G or Raytheon pilots will work well for you, but I strongly recommend buying a system which is "over qualified" to steer your boat. Below deck systems typically have a lot more reserve grunt available when the going gets tough. Yes they are harder to install initially, but in the long run they should last longer and be less stressed.

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