This winter I will be upgrading the auto pilot on Idora. Currently she has a heading only wheel
pilot. I am looking at Ray marine
auto pilots. At 23,000 lbs Idora is too heavy for the Ray marine wheel
pilot...but she has dual ram hydraulic steering
that creates massive mechanical advantage. The steering
never back drives during operation and she has little weather helm
in any case. There are space restrictions at the inside conning station and steering
in the cockpit
is tiller with hydraulic's by passed. I would like to fit a wheel pilot below st the conning station and use a different electric motor
to drive the wheel.. With a rudder
position sensor installed and using the inertial and computer/drive unit of the Ray marine wheel pilot.
Two questions. Will the software
in the wheel pilot be adaptable enough to be effective? Will the output devices in the computer/drive unit tolerate a higher draw motor
running at low loads?
Anybody tried this? Thoughts please.