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Depends on what you want the autopilot to do. If you want one that just holds a given compass course, then the CPT is probably a good choice, since they're built like tanks. However, many models can also hold a course to the apparent wind angle, and that can be advantageous for a sailboat.
For durability, if you want to go with Raymarine, I'd go with an under-deck pilot installation rather than a wheel pilot. The wheel drive adapter that Raymarine has is one of the most mickey-mouse pieces of gear I've ever seen.
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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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