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Old 02-25-2016, 04:00 PM   #41
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That was the thinking behind my post. In Ted's example, on the troller, he had other controls at hand. Still wouldn't like climbing a ladder to the bridge dragging a cable or curly phone cord. Maybe a wireless would make me feel more comfortable, I don't know.
On my boat, there was a full in-dash control head as well as an AP remote (wired) at both helms.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:01 PM   #42
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I used mine constantly, leaning back in the helm seats, feet up on the dash. In narrow passages, as a power steering wheel. Loved those things.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:41 PM   #43
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I have the hardwired remote AP in my hand, (rather than a G&T).
Looks like you still have a free hand for that gin and tonic.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #44
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Sometimes in this position, I have...
I have...a hard, really hard time getting up when I hear the transmission eating itself.

In summary, the OP was "Do you use your AP remote?" with the comment "I just can't get used to the idea of being away from the helm." It wasn't "Do you use AP?"

I'm ok with the remote in hand within easy reach of the helm.

As a tool, I get it; as an entertainment aid, I don't.
While dipping humus, mixing a Red Sky or just getting frisky on the foredeck, Mr. Murphy could arrange for a Humpback to raise the bow, causing that wireless mini pad to skitter down the side deck to the cockpit, just as the pilothouse door slides shut and locks itself.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:44 PM   #45
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While dipping humus, mixing a Red Sky or just getting frisky on the foredeck, Mr. Murphy could arrange for a Humpback to raise the bow, causing that wireless mini pad to skitter down the side deck to the cockpit, just as the pilothouse door slides shut and locks itself.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:36 PM   #46
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I have...a hard, really hard time getting up when I hear the transmission eating itself.

In summary, the OP was "Do you use your AP remote?" with the comment "I just can't get used to the idea of being away from the helm." It wasn't "Do you use AP?"

I'm ok with the remote in hand within easy reach of the helm.

As a tool, I get it; as an entertainment aid, I don't.
While dipping humus, mixing a Red Sky or just getting frisky on the foredeck, Mr. Murphy could arrange for a Humpback to raise the bow, causing that wireless mini pad to skitter down the side deck to the cockpit, just as the pilothouse door slides shut and locks itself.

Hawg, - I think your helm chair is more comfortable than mine. I spend less than 50% of my time at the helm on a long trip.

I normally do the rounds between up on the bow, either lazing and checking the sails and doing a good 360 visual check, back to the cockpit for an engine check, check stuffing box, bilge water etc, then at helm to check plotter, temperatures, etc and another visual, then maybe a food beverage or toilet break, and back to the bow.

Wherever I am on a 30 foot boat, I'm never more than 10 seconds away from the helm; even if I have to reach inside the side window to quickly take manual control.
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Hawg, - I think your helm chair is more comfortable than mine.
Naw, it's a geographical thing, mate.
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Well Ya! Are there people that don't? I find it a requirement, especially in my Jammy's and a cup of java with the heater on.
And on a nice day, the cord will reach the fly bridge, just so I don't have to stretch for the wheel.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:51 PM   #49
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We discovered that the auto pilot control had a 10' cord on it about a year after buying our boat. Nothing like cruising your way up a long, winding, narrow inlet with mountains towering on either side, sitting on the pilothouse roof with your feet dangling in front of the windows
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