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witzgall 03-20-2007 11:14 PM

Autopilot for Rack and Pinion Steering
 
I am looking at a boat that has rack and pinion steering. Is is possible to install an autopilot?

The steering is by Lunenburg Foundries.

Thanks,
Chris

sailingdog 03-20-2007 11:17 PM

I am guessing that this boat has a wheel...so yes... you should be able to install an above deck wheel autopilot as a minimum...

The rack and pinion setup still probably has a rudder steering quadrant.... so an under-deck auto pilot should also be possible. :D

It would help to say what boat you had, to get recommendations on what autopilots are suitable for a boat of that size and displacement.

ianhlnd 03-20-2007 11:33 PM

There's all kinds of AP's for both wheel and tiller steering. If you're under 32, suggest something that attaches above deck, as below deck is more expensive, and if you have to get at it, it's more difficult, like on a Catalina 30 and several others, you have to take off panels etc to work on it. Above deck, you got a motor and a belt, simple. Autohelm and Navicon or Navicom make very dependable systems, and look at the remote with the digital read-out. Great if single handing, punch in the degrees of tack, enter and there it goes.

The only thing wrong with the Navi-whatever, is that it's made in England. If you're not from England, you won't know what the hell they're talking about in the instruction manual.

sailingdog 03-20-2007 11:35 PM

Ian- you're dating yourself.. autohelm is now Raymarine IIRC. :D Some of the lower-end units will only tack through a fixed number of degrees, usually 100˚ or so.

ianhlnd 03-20-2007 11:53 PM

Sailingdog:
Quote:

Ian- you're dating yourself
,
I've never dated myself,,,,well last week but nobody was looking.

witzgall 03-20-2007 11:58 PM

The boat is 47" (custom), but the wheel is not attached to a pedistal, so a wheel pilot would not work - at least not without running it to the cockpit side, which I would not want to do.

The rackand pinion is locaed directly behind the wheel, in a seat enclosure. There is not alot of room in there, but perhaps it could be modified to house a ram.

I guess I was just hoping there was a simple answer that I was missing...

Chris



Quote:

Originally Posted by sailingdog
I am guessing that this boat has a wheel...so yes... you should be able to install an above deck wheel autopilot as a minimum...

The rack and pinion setup still probably has a rudder steering quadrant.... so an under-deck auto pilot should also be possible. :D

It would help to say what boat you had, to get recommendations on what autopilots are suitable for a boat of that size and displacement.


ianhlnd 03-20-2007 11:59 PM

It's the aluminum which somebody says it's not from foil, the body produces aluminum by itself and it goes to your brain. Study funded by Alcan and Reynolds

ianhlnd 03-21-2007 12:01 AM

Oh, yeah, then your're going to need a below decks pilot get ready for the $$$ Look at Alpha, although I think that may be for hydraulic steering.

sailingdog 03-21-2007 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ianhlnd
It's the aluminum which somebody says it's not from foil, the body produces aluminum by itself and it goes to your brain. Study funded by Alcan and Reynolds

Me thinks you posted this in the wrong thread maybe..??? :confused::confused::confused::confused:

ianhlnd 03-21-2007 12:05 AM

sailingdog: Me thinks you posted this in the wrong thread maybe..???

See I told ya, it's happening now.


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