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Wheel autopilot for Cape Dory 30 - looking for advise

Can anyone point me in direction of a good autopilot? I purchased recently a CD30 and I'm looking to upgrade her with some electronics. She is pretty basic.
I have read about Raymarine X-5 and ST60 wind combination and it looks reasonable, but I would like someone's opinion before I commit over 2k.
Is there a better (less expensive) solution?
Are there any possible problems with this combination on CD 30?
Are there any additional considerations before purchasing autopilot?

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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What are the typical conditions that it will be used in? The requirements for a pilot holding a course while motoring in calm conditions are substantially less than the requirements for a pilot used in heavy seas with an unbalanced rig.
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I am planning to take her to Caribbean this winter for island hopping and some offshore cruising. Conditions will vary from calm to 30 knots winds and 10 feet waves.
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I've just installed the X-5 (Already had the ST60 Wind) and the installation was very straight forward and easy. I sail on the Chesapeake bay and am just getting used to the functions and how to set it.

So, while I can't really comment on the functionality due to my limited experience, I can say installation was easy and the documentation with the device is easy to read/follow and learn from. I've had a ball for the last two times out!

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The CPT is an option overkill maybe but it will do the job and is easy to fit.

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