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

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


Rich Morpurgo
(Member)

I am tired of my simrads breaking. Has anyone installed a hydraulic or other with some modifications?

rich


Bud Taplin
(Member)

I really don't know. Have you figured out why the Simrad is breaking. Do you have the autopilot arm mounted far enough out on the tiller to get good leverage?
I have recommended this position to other owners, and they have not reported any problems.


Bud Taplin
(Member)

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Bud Taplin
(Member)

I will try once again
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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.


Bud Taplin
(Member)

Michael, You need to center the throw on the autopilot, then check to see if it lines up with the tiller when the tiller is midships. That should give an even distance of throw on each side. If need be, you may need to get an additional extension.


Rich Morpurgo
(Member)

the simrad has broken twice by water intrusion. They were both covered by warrantee, but the shipping from the bahamas and back quickly was a killer.

this time it is, I think, the motor has burned out. This is now three times in 8 years. Kindof gets old. And I don't think I should have to buy a bunch of spare tillerpilots.


Michael Dougan

ahh, that makes sense. Thanks Bud.

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