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Let's take these one at a time:
1. Bad weather. As I mentioned, my set-up dealt splendidly with very large quartering waves, too much wind, etc. The balanced rudder makes all the difference.
2. Cloudy days. Yes, you get less power from a solar array on cloudy days, but with a balanced rudder, the autopilot doesn't use up much juice at all, so you're still OK.
3. Electrical problems: if you can get 12V to the autopilot, you are still OK. If you can't, then you probably don't have nav lights either, so you aren't even legal. The Simrad stick autopilots seem remarkably robust. I broke one, so I know what it takes, and it takes a lot.