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Old 13-03-2019, 21:10   #1
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Lagoon 42 2nd autopilot

We have a Lagoon 42 that will be delivered in Les Sables this July. We want to prepare the boat for offshore sailing and are contemplating having a second autopilot installed, an identical unit to the B&G unit installed by Lagoon. Has anyone done this, if so was it factory installed or an add-on - any opinions on the usefulness of having an extra onboard?
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Re: Lagoon 42 2nd autopilot

Here is a Lagoon 400 that did what you suggest. It can't be cheap, but I would certainly like the peace of mind. I might even go a step further and leave it electrically isolated to hopefully protect against lightning. I also thought about leaving the second drive mechanism mounted but not linked to the tiller. I am not sure how much extra drag it introduces but it would not be a major job to attach it in the rare event it was needed.

It will be interesting to hear others thoughts.

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Re: Lagoon 42 2nd autopilot

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Here is a Lagoon 400 that did what you suggest.
Very nice setup with complete redundancy, a few thoughts:
I am surprised to see the AP computer(s) located in this rather salty environement. On the L440 the ACU is under the aft port bed, I think it is a better option.
I would install the second AP head (p70s) inside at the chart table where it will be useful. I am controlling the AP 99% from chart table...
I have updated my AP last year to the latest EV400. I kept the old S3 in place, it is just disconnected, it will take me about 15mn to do the switch.
I do not have secondary drive but I have spares, it is less realiable but way cheaper and less complex.
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