Has anyone hooked up a newer Raymarine
or similar autopilot
and computer to a circa early 1980's Benmar Cetec Rotary motor
I have a perfect old rotary autopilot motor
complete with mounting and bronze quadrant hardware
direct to the rudder
shaft aboard. The motor, after you pull out the circuit boards for the old pilot controls, has two wires for the motor and two wires for the clutch
, same as what's coming off the new pilot ACU.
I am trying out this approach as there seems to be no autopilot motor of this type made currently. The Raymarine
Rotary Type I is extremely light comparatively. It is designed to run to a cog on the steering wheel
shaft and thus through the chain-wire rope steering
blocks for extra purchase
. This would not be possible on our boat.
Any thoughts on this venture?