I installed a Lewmar
planetary gear motor
with a Jefa direct drive connection in my Kanter 52' about 6 years ago. Boat displaces 60,000 lbs and has a huge rudder
. Piloted the autopilot
with a Simrad unit, large face, best at the time and coupled it with a blue tooth remote
unit as I often single
Ripped out a ray marine
hydraulic unit with redundant rams, could hardly steer the boat. Was a real energy hog as well.
The direct drive unit with the electric motor
steers the boat beautifully.... even in 60 knot
winds!!!!!!! Much less maintenance
with no hydraulics involved. Very energy efficient.
Direct drive unit attached directly to an arm on the rudder
post, quadrant is not involved, no cables
, no hydraulics, pretty bullet proof.
I really like the Simrad steering
units, have used several of them. Steers excellently and will steer from compass
or set angle off the wind
. Will tack as well.
I also like the remote
as it has a heading display and controls for the autopilot
. If I am single
handing and need to go on the foredeck to do something, I can control the boats heading.
Would never have another hydraulic autopilot on a boat.