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I recently installed a linear drive auto helm and had to remove the aft water tank in order to install the tiller arm and drive unit.  If anyone could use it, it's yours as long as you arrange for pickup.  I'm located in Erie, PA.  If interested, you can contact me via email -  abelovarac@mercyhurst.edu  to get a faster response as I'm only on this site occasionally.


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Sorry I hit the "quote" link rather than the "reply.  First time I'm using this, so here goes again.   I have a Code Zero that you might be interested in. It's only three years old and has been used only a half-dozen times or less.  Comes with a Chute Scoop sock. The foot measures 29.5', luff 45', and the leech is 44.75' It was made by Somerset Sails in Barker, NY. I'm asking $1500 for the package. Let me know if you are interested and we can exchange contact info.

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I have a Code Zero that you might be interested in. It's only three years old and has been used only a half-dozen times or less.  Comes with a Chute Scoop sock. The foot measures 29.5', luff 45', and the leech is 44.75' It was made by Somerset Sails in Barker, NY. I'm asking $1500 for the package.


For cruising and... attempted PHRF racing too.

I have a standard rig and attach at the base of the forestay, so the luff should be 46' or less.

Thanks!

S/V Sea Haven

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Main Message Board / Re: below deck autopilot
« on: April 18, 2015, 09:50:49 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion, Ken - I hadn't thought of that but it sounds like a winner.  Interestingly, I have a brother named Ken and he's an engineer too.   Not sure why  my clearance is less - from the picture Noah posted it looks like his radial wheel is positioned higher than mine.  I have about equal clearance above and below the radial.

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Main Message Board / Re: below deck autopilot
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:30:14 PM »
I was thrilled to finally find some fellow Mk1 C34 owners struggling with the drive installation for an under deck auto pilot that I can commiserate with.  This spring I'm installing a Raymarine EV-200 linear drive system on my 1993 C34, hull #1263.  Not thinking there would be an issue down below, I discovered one as soon as I got the dimensions of the tiller arm I need from Edson.  The arm is 1 5/8" thick, requiring at least 1 3/4 inches of unobstructed rudder post on which to attach the arm. However, on my boat, there's only 1 1/8" of post between the radial drive and the rudder post stuffing box. I don't want to go back to the wheel pilot as I found that it gets overpowered too often when conditions pipe up.  I do a lot of long distance solo challenges on the Great Lakes so I need a more reliable and heavy duty system.  So, here's my solution I'd like to run by folks who might have encountered the same issue:  I'm thinking of cutting the top inch off the fiberglass sleeve that encases the rudder post, re-attach the stuffing box,  thus giving me the clearance I need for the tiller arm.  I'm waiting to hear back from Catalina whether I might be compromising the structure of the rudder assembly in any way ( I majored in history rather than engineering).  I did call Catalina but the fellow I spoke with wasn't sure what to tell me so he's going to get back to me. In the meantime, I'm hoping that some other C34 owners faced a similar problem and I'm interested in how they solved it.  I hate to reinvent the wheel if I can benefit from someone else's experience!

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