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pdevillers 11-07-2012 12:08 PM

Auto Helm for CS 36
Hello all,
Looking to purchase auto helm for 1984 CS36. Any recommendations?

Maine Sail 11-07-2012 03:21 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
Ideally a below deck unit is best. However we've been sailing with an Raymarine S1-G wheel pilot for the last six years and it steers the 36T without issue.

I figured it would fail in the first year, these boats weigh over 19k loaded for sailing, then I would add the below deck drive. I bought the Wheel Drive kit because it can act as a core pack for a below deck and essentially the wheel drive part is free...

jimrafford 11-13-2012 07:49 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
We had a simrad wheel pilot on our 36. easy to use and worked great. Only downside I recall was the temptation to reach thru the wheel to use it.
Have a below deck system on our 40.

prior 11-14-2012 08:34 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
We installed a Raymarine X-5 two seasons ago. After some fine tuning and getting the fluxgate mounted with no interference it works well. Suprisingly well in strong wind on heading mode. Also have it networked into chartplotter and is handy for distance to waypoint.

pdevillers 11-29-2012 10:11 AM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
any recommendations for below deck system?

sailingfool 11-29-2012 10:43 AM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
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My 36T had an Alpha 3000 Alpha Marine Systems - 3000 General Information that worked very well. Naturally you need to install a half partition to mount the drive unit.

jimrafford 11-29-2012 06:48 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
When I replace my autohelm I will go garmin.

34crealock 05-12-2013 04:17 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
Had a below deck Garmin installed last year. So far it's been a great system.

pdevillers 05-12-2013 06:47 PM

Re: Auto Helm for CS 36
We got the Garmin and works great so far. If I ever get around to it I'll take pictures and post them.
Thanks everyone

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