Originally Posted by TurboTim
Installing my autopilot
now and just wondering if it's normal to mount it by the door down to the cabin
or should I mount it on the wheel pedestal? It's a 27ft hunter
. If it's really better to mount it on the pedestal what is a good mount to use since my boat has nothing.
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I have to go through this with every AP I install.
I loathe installing anything on the companionway bulkheads, destroying the best seat (backrest actually) in the house.
(I am currently in the process of glassing in 4 x 4" diameter old bulkhead instrument holes, installed at the factory 40 years ago, on my personal boat.)
All instrumentation access at the helm is my normal recommendation, especially for short-handed crew.
So the way I deal with it is to ask, "What hand do you normally steer with the most when under power?"
(This is normally the hand opposite the engine
Put the chartplotter
(that you will access more than anything) where you can easily operate it with the non-steering hand. Mount the autohelm
display (next most frequently accessed instrument) head at the next most convenient place for that hand. (The remote VHF
mic should also be on this side, but it often has to be kept away from displays.)
Normally what it means is a pod instrument enclosure, with the charplotter in the centre, and the autohelm controller on the side of the chartplotter that has the engine controls.
instrument (usually much less frequently accessed, if so equipped) is then on the opposite side. If the boat has separate knot
, depth wind
, autohelm, then chartplotter in centre, depth
and speed opposite engine controls, autohelm and wind on engine control side.
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