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No. Autopilots can not rival a human. They can not anticipate a bigger wave coming or correct for a wind gust. The Raymarine autopilots can use the Raymarine wind instruments, like the ST60, to steer by apparent wind. The GPS can be connected via NMEA 0183 wiring.
If you're getting a tiller pilot, I would highly recommend making a "splash sleeve" out of some waterproof material for it. This will greatly prolong the life of the unit.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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