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    KevB is offline Registered User
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    Default Re: AUTO PILOT

    I've never found the need for one and have done loads of trips across the channel. And as for those who say it avoids all the constant corrections. We aint on a road so going off course a bit in the channel isn't a big deal.

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    I find the ap useful on anything other than dayboating just because you can do a better job of looking out and watching the instruments without having to concentrate just on steering a straight course.

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    Any suggestions for purchase and installation of ST 6001 in the Hamble area?

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    I've not got one and frequently single hand. I fancy going cross-channel but don't think I could cope with having to manually steer all the way and keep a good lookout for debris etc. I've therefore never done a stint longer than 2-2.5hrs on my own.
    Are they very expensive?

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    Bought and had mine installed on our previous boat by http://www.maricom.co.uk/ at Hamble Point - they came to Port Solent to fit mine. Did a good job in a very small (S23) engine room.

    No connection etc.

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    Is auto pilot worth having on a 37ft sports cruiser. Our new boat arrives 20th march & would like to know forumites opinions for and against. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    imho a resounding yes if you helm for any more than 2 hours at a time. We had one fitted to our C39 and what a difference when crossing to Wales / IoM. Set course, hit auto, sit back and relax.

    You can always switch it off when you wanna blast about.
    Keep your sunny side up :-)

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    Default Re: AUTO PILOT

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    We had one fitted to our C39

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    I imagine that your's was probably a factory fit but do you know what type and cost.

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    Yes, it was a factory fit but can't remeber cost. Unit was Raymarine (latest model around Spring 2004 ?).
    Keep your sunny side up :-)

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    Default Re: AUTO PILOT

    Why not just hit the5 degree button once or twice and then again on the other side when alongside the bouy?

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    I used Marricom on Hamble Point 02380 454263

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