Just to follow up on the progress, I have got the wheelpilot
installed on the wheel
and powered up (on the hard - no water
Pictures and details at post # 157 on my construction thread : Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun
pilot is as reported by the posters of this thread - a bit flimsy feeling but should do the job adequately for motoring.
A negative aspect regarding this wheel pilot is the noise
that emanates from the unit while hand steering
. With the clutch
disengaged and the wheel turning (by hand), plastic ball bearings in a retaining cage move without pressure and sort of "rumble". The noise
is not terribly loud, just a little annoying given that the sound is 'trapped' inside my pilot house. It is not a big deal. I may add some sort of sound absorbing/dampening material to the insides of the wheelpilot
housing to decrease the noise.
Overall I am happy with the unit. The installation
is very tidy and convenient for my situation.