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Old 04-03-2017, 06:58   #1
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Autopilot linear drive installation

Hello all,

I just purchased a new Raymarine EV200 autopilot with a linear drive that I will be installing in the spring. After reading the install manual and doing some research, I have to decide on how to connect the linear drive to the steering system. Either attach it to the rudder quadrant or order and independent tiller
arm to attach it to. ( see attached pictures)

According the Raymarine installation instructions, you can attach the linear drive to the steering quadrant as long as its strong enough.

Accoding to Edson ( who manufactures independent tiller arms) "in no case should the autopilot be attached to the Quadrant"

Although the installation with the Edson tiller arm looks clean and tidy, I'm wondering if it's not overkill for nothing? If anything breaks in that area, I always have the boats emergency tiller for backup.

Any input would be appreciated

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Old 04-03-2017, 07:06   #2
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Re: Autopilot linear drive installation

I have heard and read several places to not attach a drive to the quadrant. Yes it "looks" strong enough to me as well but considering the overall cost of an AP why not install the tiller arm which only adds a couple hundred at most.
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Re: Autopilot linear drive installation

i got an additional tiller arm from pyi when i added an autopilot. it's bomber and they gave great support. it acts as a backup form of steering and does not put your quadrant at risk. it may be overkill or it may be the only sensible installation. it all depends on how you plan to use the boat and your comfort level with the risk assessment.
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