installs are one of the hardest. I've worked with an installer that was in the business 40 years. There are a million details that matter. Some details not done properly won't show up in 5 years and others in 20.
- The power off the base unit usually steps up the voltage so the wires can be thinner. You'll be using a lot of power in very heavy sea states. You need to wire up the fluxgate
, control head
computer and drive unit. It means a LOT of wires!
2. Mounting - Mounting the drive unit is usually tricky. They go in tight spaces and you need them aligned very accurate. Most of the time it's a little different.
3. Making a clean install that you can service
isn't easy for a DIY.
For something like an autopilot, I use the same approach as canvas
work. It's easy to lowball a poor job. Most of the time there are real unknowns and you almost always have to make choices. For the type of autopilot you are installing I would find the best person you can and pay a little extra because you'll save money
. When looking being "factory authorized" is minimal qualifications and not something that should be critical. Someone that stocks parts
is a help as factory support basically just swaps out parts
should you get a bad part.
I really feel the install of the autopilot is critical. It's supposed to steer when you can't. In those situations a bomb proof install will be critical. I would expect it to take someone really good 40 hours including the seas trial and calibration. You might find someone cheap
that can do it sooner and then you can pay again later.