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post #12 of Old 02-24-2014
bristol299bob
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Re: Autopilot Install

If left to my own devices I think that I would have mounted the control head at the helm. But my boat came with it mounted on the bulkhead. It seemed odd to me at first, but now I wouldn't have it any other way.

I find that aside from engage/disengage time, all adjustments are made away from the helm.
  • Get the boat on course.
  • Engage the drive at the helm. this looks the wheel
  • Walk over to the control head, and hit "Auto" to activate the AP.

After that I do all of the tweaking underway from the cockpit, away from the helm.

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