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First of all, a lot depends on how you have your boat's sail plan balanced. If it isn't properly balanced, the tillerpilot is going to have difficulty steering the boat, whether to a compass course or to the apparent wind.
Another factor will be how well you have the wind instrument calibrated.
A third factor will be how high you have the gain and compensation on the tiller pilot set.
A fourth factor is how much of a tendency your boat has to follow a straight course. If you said what boat you're on, it would help a lot. An older, full-keel design may have fewer issues that a high-aspect ratio bulb keel modern racing design when trying to sail to apparent wind on a tillerpilot.
Generally, as a rule, the more specific and relevant information you give when asking a question, the better the quality of the answers you will get.
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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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