Originally Posted by duncan_ellison
Incidentally, there is a pre-engineered space for an autopilot
DC drive motor in the pedestal
. You literally bolt it in with three bolts and you are done. Does mean you need to use Lewmar's drive motor, but it works pretty well. I've got around 5,000 miles on mine now with now issues.
That's a nice system. I pefer to connect the pilot ram directly to the rudder
stock for a couple of reasons: I have fallback steering
if a component of the primary steering system fails, and I'm not limited to a single
manufacturer's pilot system; instead I can use anything that will rotate the rudder stock. (current pilots are a Comnav 1500 and Alpha Spectra, with a Monitor
I have quadrant/cable steering, with two pilot rams independently and directly interference-clamped to the carbon stock and have had opportunity to use these to steer the boat when things go wrong with the primary system, such as quadrant cables
breaking, the wheel-drive shaft connection has working loose, and removing and reworking a quadrant cable sheave when the bushing gave out.