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post #5 of Old 07-27-2018
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Re: Wheel pilots - which one?

If the 4000 works with your boat, the X5 and and EV100 should work fine. Displacement is not the best determinant if the Wheelpilot will work but how much force is needed to turn the rudder. A boat with heavy weather helm may not work with a wheel pilot even if it's lighter displacement while a heavy boat with a light helm may do just fine.

AFAIK the only difference between your 4000 and the later auto pilots is the control electronics. The newer pilots are able to learn to some extent and much more flexible in modifying the response to meet different conditions. The actual wheel drive appears to be the same for all of them. Know the X5 and the 4000 plus don't have any different capabilities. Both will not work on a boat with a heavy helm under sail. Will probably do fine under power.
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