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Old 02-24-2014
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Autopilot Install

Installing a SPX-5 autopilot in my Catalina 27. The big debate is where to put the control head. Two options:

1. Mount it on the steering pedestal. Requires an enclosure and attachment on the pedestal ($200+ dollars). Also look like routing the wire(s) will be difficult and the large connector will require drilling a large hole in the stainless pedestal.

2. Mount it next to the engine control panel on the port side. Requires one to reach over to engage/adjust. May get in the way of a popular seating spot. Have to cut a hole in the boat (ugh).

Any advice/thoughts?

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