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Looking for pictures and help on installing a below decks ST6002 on a Morgan 38CC, 1995. Your comments please
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I had a 6001 and was not at all pleased with the durability of the linear drive screw type unit...and if this is the drive unit you are looking at I would suggest that there are better options.
(Simrad ap16 head and hld350 drive unit would be a good choice)
There is nothing wrong with the Raymarine electronics but the drive is a weak point.
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I am planning to use their hydraulic autopilot, wonder how that would be (disposing of old simrad, including the drive, because previous owner sized the pump incorrectly - it is too big for the ram).
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Looking for pictures and help on installing a below decks ST6002 on a Morgan 38CC, 1995. Your comments please
Being that the ST6002 is the control head - and not the autopilot itself - it would help if you told us which computer/corepack you're planning on using.

I just installed an S3G corepack with a Type 3 hydraulic pump and the ST8002 control head for Beausoleil. She weighs about 56,000 lbs, so a heavyweight system was needed. I'm assuming that you have cable steering on the Morgan?

Since the tiller arm and rudder post are under the aft cabin bunk, I mounted the corepack, the pump, the rudder angle sensor and the fluxgate compass under there as well. Don't have any pics handy, but it was straight-forward. Fed the corepack with the existing wiring from the old autopilot - two 20ft parallel runs of #6 AWG from the breaker panel in the salon. From the corepack, it's only about 4' of wiring to the pump. The fluxgate is on the opposite side under the bunk, away from electrical interference. And the SeaTalk interface runs up to the cockpit to the rest of the SeaTalk gear.

We did have the ST8002 control head's display die on it's inaugural voyage up to Maine (luckily it was during the trip back). RayMarine did fix it promptly under warranty, but I'm still wondering what the root cause was. As a future pre-emption, I went ahead and fed power to the SeaTalk bus (and the SeaTalk-only instruments) from a separate breaker so that the E-120 chartplotter nor the S3G corepack is supplying power to the bus. Originally, the chartplotter was...

Not sure if this post helps. Are you in need of ideas for wiring (like a diagram?) or do you just want to see how much room the installation will take and will it fit your space?

Cap'n Jon
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1979 Formosa 51 Ketch
Homeport: Marblehead, MA USA
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