Autopilot

Once considered a luxury, autopilots are now readily available for after-market installation on the majority of boats.  One of the main advantages of installing an autopilot is that when you steer true to a set course, you save time and fuel.

You also have the ability to leave the helm to trim sails, adjust lines, take a break from holding the helm steady, watch for logs or make a radio call, especially if you are single-handing. If there is an emergency on board, an autopilot serves as an extra crew member.

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