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Raymarine Sportpilot question

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by bones., Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Has anyone had experience with the Raymarine Sportpilot autopilot. Was it good or bad, how do they operate heading into the wind and waves?
  2. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

    The Ray Sport pilot is a great unit. It does really well in moderate head winds (under 15 knots) while trolling. Anything above that it'll loose it's heading and before it can correct itself you'll have a big mess on your hands. I haven't found this to be a problem when trolling with the wind. Other then that'll enjoy the heck out of it. It has 5 speeds, low for high speed cruising and high for slow trolling. There's no need to worry about who's going to steer and/or changing operator's if you're out there trolling...just make sure you're aware of your surroundings and look up often to make sure you have a wide and clear bearth ahead of you. The other good point about this unit is you can intergrate it with a Raymarine GPS and/or sonar unit, set your course with predetermined waypoints and off you go. Man, it doesn't get mauch better than that.