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Re: Autopilot selection advice
Never got advice, but did buy RayNav Smart Pilot X5 (now replaced with an updated version I think). Got it installed with a bit of bother ( custom fabricated locator pin to replace pin that is supposed to attach to wheel pedestal and made a teak housing to hold control head without putting a big hole someplace near wheel). I am very pleased with outcome. The boat can overpower the unit in heavier winds but it serves very well for what I wanted- a second hand on wheel while I hoist sail, make lunch, etc. I don't use it for steering for long passages or heavy weather and never planned to. At 22 feet you are never far from wheel so i did not (yet) integrate with chart plotter.
If you send me you email I have a series of pictures for the install and a diagram for the fabricated pin. I am at title26" at" gmail.com.
Where are you keeping the Marshall? I am out of Portsmouth, NH right now.
1985 Marshall 22 catboat