Re: Autopilot Install
Pedestal-mount "pods" are common items at swap meets and used boat part stores. I bought a 3-unit one for $5 at a swap meet last year, and have seen the singles for not much more at Second Wave (a used boat store in Seattle). You don't need to pay hundreds for a new one.
My motor-control wire runs through the pedestal itself (there was a small hole added near the top to fish it out). The control wire to the P70 control head runs through the pedestal guard, along with the wires for the chartplotter. All three wires necessary for the plotter can fit in the 1" pedestal guard, but it's a really tight fit and I needed to install them in a specific order.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior