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Location: Hamburg and Wilson NY
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Yes. Simrad wins hands down. I have has numerous Ray TP's, and they were all marginal. My Sim 30 beats them all. Faster, stronger, and less aggravated by anomalies, electrical or otherwise. BTW, the Ray and Sim units will interchange on the same mount and tiller pin, with the only install differences being in the wiring plug.
Do go up a size when possible. It is definitely worth the extra money. The faster hardover time will be appreciated. I would go with a Simrad 32 for your boat. The similar-sized Ray requires a separate panel, whereas the Simrad is all self-contained, just like the wimpy, undersized Ray units. BTW, you may find a NOS or eBay Sim 30. Same guts, but only NMEA 0183, not NMEA 2000.
And do verify that the gaskets are good. I had one fill up during a "biblical" rainstorm. Simrad warranty fixed it, but I nonetheless advocate a ziplock with a small hole for the ram to keep the controls out of the weather.
Keep in mind that none of these can actually steer well when pinching or running. Certainly not when running under Chute. Only a helmsman can see a wave or a puff; the autopilot must sense that it has [already] gone off course before correcting.
Paul Van Voorhees
Certified Tohatsu TLDI Technician
Mgr, Obersheimer Sails
Buffalo, NY USA