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I say go for it! The X-5 is a great, and reliable system. I installed mine in a few hours on my Catalina 36, and used it to sail offshore from Norfolk, VA to Charleston, SC with no issues. Occasionally when the wind and seas picked up above the 30 knot mark, I would kick it off and hand steer, but those instances were far and few between.
Considering the size, and more importantly, weight of your boat, the X-5 will be more than suitable assuming you are sticking to coastal cruising, and light offshore stuff. There are more robust systems out there for world cruising, but from a value perspective, the X-5 is hard to beat.