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Looking to put an autopilot on an Islander Freeport 36 (17.000lbs). Have looked at the CPT, Raymarine and ComNav models. Any thoughts about them? Thxs, C
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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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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.
I'll second SD's comment. That's what the PO put on my boat and it often has issues. Granted, mine is pretty old, but it's not what I would consider a durable set up.
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