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Re: Weight/size limits for autohelm 4000
The answer lies in the specifics of your boat. If you have a boat with a lot of weather helm, dramatically changes helm loads with heel angle, or a helm which needs a lot of turns lock to lock, then its probably not up to the task. If you have a boat which has a light helm and is forgiving, then it might work. I have the Raymarine updated version on a 10,500 lb 38 footer and it works fine except that it is nearly impossible to callibrate the electronic compass so it actually reflects the proper course.
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