Again, I am in the process of evaluating the electrical self steering systems to complement my windvane. This is as a back up to the windvane as well as light wind steerer.
Initially I was thinking to get the Raymarine wheel pilot, because of the low cost.
Then I start thinking about my emergency tiller, which I do not have any, in case of chain or cable breakage. Although the electrical steering system is not a totally reliable back up system, at least it is something. In the worse case scenario, I can steer using the windvane rudder, which is separate to the boat's own rudder.
Based on the additional criteria, I was thinking about a more robust electric motor driving the quadrant directly. There are a few good ones, namely Raymarine, Furuno, Simrad as well as Jefa (now represented by PYI).
Anyone has any comments and experience to share?
Thank you again.