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Install Raymarine SPX-5 autopilot

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The Edson website of traditional steering systems was great help for me to understand the worm gear traditional steering wheel system on the Fuji 32 Ketch.

I am not actually the ower of the yacht. English is the second language for us. The owner was not confident to inquire his issue. So I did instead of him.

However, he is confident to install the autopilot Raymarine SPX-5 on the yacht. Only issue is the drive motor of the autopilot has to be installed aft direction instead of bow direction indicated in the manual. This is still made us wonder the pilot controller display correctly corresponding to the rotation of wheel.

We will inform later after the installation completed.

Please forgive misspelling or grammatical error in the writing.

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The SPX-5 attached to the wheel, so you'll be able to install that. I recall the wheel on the Fuji 32 as needing to turn more than typical. Hopefully the auto pilot it able to get adequate performance out of it.
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Re: How to install autopilot to a rack-and-pinion steering without pedestal-mounted

Sadao, How did your autopilot work out for you? I also have a Fuji 32 and am currently looking at the CPT Autopilot. It's not as slick, but seems as though it will work with minimal machining or adjustments. Anyone have thoughts on the CPT?
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Re: How to install autopilot to a rack-and-pinion steering without pedestal-mounted

Is there enough shaft under the seat to install a chain sprocket? Depending on auto, the bigger is better for ratio .Small pinion on auto(hopefuly with a dog clutch )connects it.All SS if it's near the compass.Really needs a disconnect unless you always steer by auto or have really strong arms When sailing Thane I lock the wheel by engaging mechanical auto cutch.
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Re: How to install autopilot to a rack-and-pinion steering without pedestal-mounted

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Sadao, How did your autopilot work out for you? I also have a Fuji 32 and am currently looking at the CPT Autopilot. It's not as slick, but seems as though it will work with minimal machining or adjustments. Anyone have thoughts on the CPT?
We love our CPT, but our steering is hydraulic. Our last boat was rack and pinion, and it would have worked well on it also. Very adjustable!
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