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We've found that if you tune the AP for, say, motoring in calm conditions at hull speed, she's too insensitive to handle the heading under sail in some chop or waves, esp close hauled.
For a long sail, off the wind, I might bother to retune it, but mostly we use it for setting and dousing sail, long windless days, and for short term departures from the wheel..
After all, as coastal cruisers if we're sailing, we prefer to steer anyhow.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)