Thanks for the reminder!
Still very happy with it! I find it indispensable when single-handling the boat (Newport 30), and it's generally better at steering than I am.
I've mostly used it in benign conditions, but I have also used it in a small following sea on my quarter --- you know, the annoying slow angled rolling that makes it hard to steer --- and the pelagic works there too.
Since buying it I discovered that the remote is a $10 off-the-shelf piece from adafruit, so I got a couple of extras.
I have also messed with the settings quite a bit (there are lots of them, spend time reading the manual while you wait fo it to arrive), and learned to recalibrate (go around in a big circle and press a button as you visit each of 8 headings). I used it for the first time this season last weekend and it worked fine without re-calibration.
If there are drawbacks they are below. None of them are deal-breakers for me and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pelagic if I got a second boat.
- Pelagic remote takes very deliberate button presses with a short wait in between, which is good for not getting erroneous input, but for some reason my dad (75) has trouble knowing whether he pressed it, so then he presses all kinds of things and puts it in standby and the boat goes off course and... etc. The problem is obviously the operator, but if that describes the operator of yours keep that in mind.
- My Pelagic works a *bit* better for sailing than motoring on my boat because prop wash tends to push my rudder off center as well as cause a rapid turn with very little movement of the tiller. The pelagic is pretty good at dealing with this, even though my settings are optimized for sailing. Would be nice (TM) to have settings memory so I can tell it I'm motoring
- The pelagic is probably designed to be used on long passages in open waters, so the buttons only offer 2 degree course corrections. I wish there were also a 10 degree correction for navigating the Vancouver harbour (yes, the pelagic is absolutely great for navigating the harbour under power while I tidy the deck and eat a meal!).
- It's probably an issue with my calibration or perhaps magnetic disturbance from large ships docked in the harbour (is that a thing?), but at times I seem to drift slowly off course when trying to aim for the next bridge or whatever. Not a huge deal but it takes a couple of more corrections than I wanted to make.
- Differences in settings can be vast. For example if you have high gain (I think) the thing wiggles around all the time like it's trying to make techno music. I sailed it like that for half a season before realizing it didn't need to be so annoying. Obviously this is also a pro, but if you are not the type of person who can test and adjust something complex, then the pelagic might not be right for you.
A couple of videos I made last season.