Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Thanked 118 Times in 113 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Re: Autopilot - wheel pilot vs below deck
Sorry, I should have updated this.
I did go with the EV100 wheel pilot. I am happy with it. I'm sure that I would have been happier with a below deck pilot, but the price, including installation would have been around $5K. I paid $1100 for the EV unit, and another $300 for installation and another $100 for misc stuff so it was around $1500 total.
i have all of my instruments connected with a NMEA 2000 bus. This includes the EV100 pilot, Garmin 740S plotter, Ray ST60 wind and speed, and Simrad VHF / AIS receiver. This allows the pilot to steer to a heading, wind angle, or waypoint. Since I do most of my sailing single or short handed, this is very valuable to me. I also think that proving the pilot with speed and wind allows it to do a better job. I also like being able to display that information on the AP display.
Overall I am happy with the performance. In light to moderate wind the pilot steers better than I do. In windy conditions, the pilot steers well upwind (as long as the sails are properly trimmed, under trimmed is better than over trimmed). Downwind, in a blow, with a sea running, the pilot doesn't do very well. I admit that I don't steer very well in those conditions either. I have had a few times when the drive motor will stop and sound an alarm if there is too much pressure on the helm. Easing the sheets and starting the pilot usually solve that problem.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.