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Old 09-28-2009
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Help with installing a tiller pilot

I bought a tiller pilot (ST2000+) for my 27' Catalina. The boat had a little pin on the tiller already, and the donut on the gun'l that takes the cantilever mount. So I bought the cantilever mount thinking it would be an easy install, since that was the way it was setup before.

I fitted the cantilever and pilot and I just wasn't happy with the setup. I can see some cracks around the donut where it flexes. The angle of the cantilever mount isn't straight, it's angled slightly up, which makes the connection to the tiller more of stretch. I'm just not confident it's a good solution.

So now I'm thinking about mounting it to the seat, but then I have to get a bracket to put under the tiller to attach the pilot to. Is that a good solution? It seems like it would be difficult to get the pilot to stay attached to the boat and tiller--do you typically lash the pilot to the tiller somehow? Any tips?
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