Hey, was wondering if any cal owners had any experience w the new ray marine wheel pilots. I had bought a simrad wp30 years ago and the experience was bad. I have a cal 2/29. Trying to avoid making a bad purchase again. Any input is greatly appreciated.
I have a 1979 CAL 31 with a Raymarine X5 autopilot installed and I love it. It works under power and sail, with the sails reasonably balanced will take over and steer her wonderfully.
It is a breeze to engage and disengage on our wheel steering. I also have the remote control which I can use to make steering changes by one degree or ten degree increments while underway. I got that to be able, without a dodger in tough weather, to open a hatch and take a visual look to affirm I am on the desired course on my plotter and make any corrections desired.
I was soldon the idea if shorthanded that I could also move forward following the anchor rode idling in gear by standing and steering using the remote while on the bow. I have not opted to do that, as my wife is typically along.
Thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated :)
Just installed the x5 and did initial trials under power to calibrate and make sure everything worked. So far so good. I have the P70 display which is nice. Not sure I like my mounting of the display yet, but it's good enough to get me going for now.
I look forward to doing more single handing this winter. Need to get a good setup for a harness. my feeling is the only really safe way to single hand is to make it impossible to fall over. :)
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