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Connecting Autopilot

I have a Morgan 41ft I want to set up an autopilot, I have a digital compass with a fluxgate sensor with a steer to course function and NMEA output (not a RayMarine unit).

Can I connect this to a Raymarine ST4000MK2 wheel? or will I have to buy the Raymarine control.
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IIRC, without a control head, the autopilot is useless. The "brains" for the autopilot are in the control head.
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That sounds like a pretty hefty boat for a wheel type pilot.
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Pbzeer's point about the boat being a bit on the large side for a wheel pilot is also a good one. If I were you, I'd use a quadrant mounted pilot, rather than a wheel mounted one... it would probably work better and last far longer.
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Yeah.. heavy boat for that.. but you can connect an older wheel drive to a new ray marine pilot for what its worth. They come with their own externally mounted flux gate compass and rudder position indicator.
I blew up a raymarine wheelpilot in 2 weeks motoring in protected waters.. they are not on my good side
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