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Autopilot selection advice

I want to install an autopilot this season, and would like some feedback on choices. I want an above deck system for wheel steering. Despite the small size of my 22' boat, it develops a lot of weather helm if it gets out of balance (classic catboat with 400sq. foot sail) so I am interested in the most powerful above deck systems. The manufacturer (Marshall) recommends installing a full below deck hydraulic system to really do the job, but I can't quite justify the cost of doing that and won't be using the AP for long distance work in any case. The only one I currently have in sight is the Raymarine SPX-5 Wheel Pilot. Any other viable contenders with decernt reputations in US market? Thanks for your thoughts.
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