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Lew, to broaden the replies to your query, I''d encourage you to look at the CPT autopilot now marketed by Scanmar. Given a boat that is well trimmed and with generally good sailing qualities, it is capable of handling the displacement you mention. We''ve been cruising with it in the Caribbean on our 23,000# boat and it does very well. It was recently voted the #1 piece of gear aboard (well, after the Force 10 stove...).

Reading the thoughtful description of the below-decks a/p you received reminds me of why ''better is not always better''. You''ll get steering redundancy from a below-decks pilot, which is a wonderful safety feature. But you''ll get added complexity and less reliability, as a result. Cruisers we''ve met love their (below-decks) a/p''s - until they fail, of course. Consider that you could purchase 2 CPT a/p''s for half the price of a fully-installed below-decks pilot (done by a vendor). That''s a form of redundancy, too.

Jack
 
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