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LogoFreak

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Re: Below deck autopilot install
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2020, 05:36:56 PM »

Yes it is now separate. Change my plans as it was easier and cheaper to do it as a standalone piece.
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Re: Below deck autopilot install
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2020, 05:39:27 PM »

IMO—it is a better solution!
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Re: Below deck autopilot install
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2020, 01:57:17 AM »

That actually looks pretty similar to my thru-bolted bronze Edson arm (which was about $400).  I ended up installing my shelf/mount aft of the fuel tank and the tiller facing the port quarter/stern.  My RAM arm (Raymarine type 1 linear drive) was too long to fit perfectly athwartships.  The pilot motor doesn't care what orientation it is to the rudder post, so long as you are square 90 degrees at mid throw and +/- a degree or 2 vertically. Noah was a big help, and I still have lots of pics of the install and shelf build, feel free to PM me.
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Re: Below deck autopilot install
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2020, 09:11:39 AM »

That is likely the way I will mount mine.
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Re: Below deck autopilot install
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2020, 06:30:12 PM »

Tiller arm is done, now just need to start assembling things. I still need to paint the bottom so it’s gonna be a couple of weeks before rudder gets re installed, but here’s a pic of the arm on the rudder stock.

Also, for those of you that were concerned about how strong the arm needs to be, think about this... the weakest point in the arm is the mounts at the back of the linear drive, there’s maybe 1/8in of aluminum holding the thru pin at the back end of it...
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