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Post: "Bud, Have You Seen An Installation Of A Really Heavy Autopilot On A 32?"

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Michael Dougan

Bud, I have that exact model, along with the 5 inch extension you recommended, but whenever I lay it out the way you have it here, I can only get the tiller to move an inch or two at most when it is pushed to the port side. Maybe that's enough to hold a course, I don't know. What's your experience?

Rich, my boat can develop some serious weather helm, and if I position the pilot further aft to get more travel on the arm, I think it seriously overloads the unit.

I really think that you're better off doing a pilot to windvane type of setup. My Aries is as strong as an ox, and all the autopilot would have to do is tip the vane one way or another. Hardly any load at all.

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