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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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