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Old 19-11-2012, 06:19   #1
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AutoHelm

What is the best autohelm for a 1996 Hunter 40.5
Doesn't seen to be enough space
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Old 19-11-2012, 07:27   #2
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Re: AutoHelm

FYI, Autohelm is a band name. You might get more comments if your post title was more specific and you used Autopilot. Also, are you looking for a below decks AP or a wheel AP.
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Old 19-11-2012, 07:35   #3
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Re: AutoHelm

there are a lot of options....like above do you want a below deck or wheel pilot?

Is your quadrant below decks, or under a cover in the cockpit?

there is always the rotary drive below the pedestal option too.
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Old 20-11-2012, 04:36   #4
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Quadrant is beneath removable panel on deck. Id like to install a Raymarine Autohelm (auto-pilot).

I have a 1997 Hunter 40.5 it's too big for wheel- mounted unit.
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Quadrant is beneath removable panel on deck. Id like to install a Raymarine Autohelm (auto-pilot).

I have a 1997 Hunter 40.5 it's too big for wheel- mounted unit.
I think your options on that are for either a rotary drive below the pedestal (takes some inventive work to hide it in the aft cabin and keep the water out) or possibly a hydraulic cylinder beneath the deck plate.

Another option could be one of the push/pull cable drives.

The above options are a little spendy. Another route would be the CPT wheel pilot.
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Old 20-11-2012, 05:19   #6
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Looks like we're going with mechanical chain drive unit inside pedestal enclosure. Going to have to relocate electronics that currently occupy the space...
Thanks for your post - happy sailing!
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Re: AutoHelm

Some wheel pilots will have a displacement limit and I would venture a guess that the Hunter 40.5 would be more than they can handle. Below deck Raymarine unit would most likely be a linear drive on your boat.
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