Originally Posted by 83XT4
Is the access the same on the pacific seacraft voyagemaker 37, through the cockpit floor?
Keep reading how access is a squeeze, then see this an looks easy.
I wish to put a below deck auto pilot the the afore mentioned. Any experience or advice (and photo) much appreciated
The pictures are of C34 but access on the newer 37s (at least from 1989 on) is thru an access hatch in the forward part of cockpit.
I installed a WH belowdecks autopilot on Crazy Fish and I ended up spending quite a bit of time behind the engine but there seemed to be plenty of access.
The hydraulic ram installed on the starboard bulkhead and the bulkhead needed to be reinforced to support the forces involved. Reinforcement was done with a piece of mahogany, West System epoxy and a layer or two of fiberglass mat.
Autopilot was installed with in 97 and I was very happy with the support from WH and the autopilot itself. Largely made up of robust off-the-shelf components easily replaced without buying from WH if needed. That said I have never had to replace any component.
Crazy Fish, Crealock 37, Hull 207