Looking for feedback on Simrad versus Raymarine autopilots
. We own a 42 foot Valiant sailboat @ 26,500 lbs. Alpha 3000 autopilot
came with boat, but doesn't talk to chartplotter
. I have new Simrad equipment ready to install, which includes an AP24 control head, RC42 Compass
, RF300 Rudder Feedback, and AC42 autopilot
Computer......drive unit still pending (either DD15 or HLD2000L ?)......... I've been told that the new Raymarine autopilot
is just as good (SmartPilot X-30 Corepack, ST70+ control head, Type 2 Linear Drive - Long, ST70 Sail Keypad). Equipment will be interfacing with new Raymarine
E120W series chartplotter
I've been told that the Raymarine
autopilot "hunts" for the course when initially engaged; but the Simrad locks right on. I've also heard horror stories as to dependability issues with Raymarine & service issues with both.
Any feedback on which system is better, and why?