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Raymarine S1 WheelPilot

Was wondering if anyone has installed the new S1 WheelPilot? After reading the installation instructions, I've come to the conclusion that there is no place on a boat to mount it, particularly the fluxgate compass. No doubt, I am taking their instructions to literally, but it would be helpful to know where others have mounted the compass and course computer.

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I installed my fluxgate right in the middle of the boat, inside the U shaped leg of the sofa, that is right down the companionway stairs.

Furtherst away spot, from any metals, that I could find.

Be VERY carefull, it has to be mounted upright and facing forward. The lower the better as it balances less.
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Thanks, my main problem is getting away from wiring (which they say to do) as it all runs pretty much right down the center of the boat. I didn't see where it said to face it forward, just vertical, so thanks for that tip.
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One place you can put it, assuming you have a forward cabin, is on the bulkhead under the bed, little wiring there, again, as low as possible. The unit has to stay away as possible from metal, wiring etc. but its wires are OK to travel along side other wires.

If you can't put it on the center, its ok to put it on one side, they just recommend center, because that's where it rocks less.

In the end it will work fine if its at least 1 to 2' away from anything metal or wires. No worries.

Mine said in the instructions to face forward.

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I installed my fluxgate right in the middle of the boat, inside the U shaped leg of the sofa, that is right down the companionway stairs.

Furtherst away spot, from any metals, that I could find.

Be VERY carefull, it has to be mounted upright and facing forward. The lower the better as it balances less.
I thought about facing forward, but considering the best position was right at the bottom of the companionway ladder I was concerned about my heel hitting it. So I mounted it there but facing aft on the oposite side of the fiberglass footwell where it would not get damaged. I then swung the boat/compass and corrected for 180 degrees deviation and now it works fine. It is amidships, at the waterline and between 1/3 and 1/2 way forward of the stern waterline mark.
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CapK,

But under the ladder is is not near to where the engine is??

So you inverted it 180º ? Cool never thought you could do that. Good input.
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"But under the ladder is is not near to where the engine is??"

I have an outboard, remember the boat I have?
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Mine is just center, under the cabin sole above the bilge and about 2-3' forward of the engine.
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Would be the ideal location, except I have 3 batteries in that spot. I ended up puting it in a locker, just forward of the mast and about a foot off the centerline.
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CapK,

Of course, I'm sorry. I do remember, you have a Mac.

Pbz. Sounds perfect
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