Originally Posted by Flod
Im helping a friend on installing a autopilot on a beneteua oceanis 34 from 2011. I think the best way is to put a raymarine linear drive on the starboard side aft. The wall in the starboard aft cabin seems to be linear to the quadrant and there is a pin on there that seem to be the place to hook it up. Anyone with a similar boat that have some pics or insights?
I'm not familiar with the Beneteua Oceanis 34 layout. However, I am intimately familiar with the Raymarine linear drives.
After years of screwing around with the autopilot that came with the boat I got on the Internet
, downloaded the technical installation
instructions and discovered that the previous owner had the autopilot installed all wrong...it wasn't even close to correct.
To begin with Raymarine (bought out Autohelm) makes two versions of the linear drive (short and long) and they have differing install measurements to consider. The long linear drive (that's what I have) requires more linear space to install than the short for full performance which can easily limit install locations.
Accurately determine which unit (long or short) you have and follow the appropriate install instructions measurements. And yes, use a tiller arm; mine is an Edson.
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