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Make a gearbox out of metal parts. Any good machinist and a CNC machine could zap out those parts. or Adapt a all metal gearbox that is in production.
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Another big advantage of a quadrant mount pilot is the ability to steer if a cable parts.
True, but I am not sure I would want to try to dock using the autopilot. The emergency tiller might be more practical.

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I keep wondering about converting a wheel pilot to below decks by the replacement of the wheel drive with a linear drive ? They are both type 1 and the linear drive is rated for 2200 lb boat? Seems like it would work and a little cheaper to use existing control head etc.

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So... I finally get the replacement gearbox, get it installed and everything tests out fine. Resume my trip, and #&*(@#& two days later, in a very pleasant F5 beam reach, the plastic around the clutch wheel / lever axle fails!

I suspect it was stressed during the gale, and was just waiting to fail, but @#&%*(@#& this Mk2 is a toy. I wouldn't put it on anything bigger than a 22ft day cruiser, and only use it under 10kn of wind.

I'm back at my home marina now, after 4 days of solo sailing sans autopilot, and will definitely be looking for a replacement drive of some sort ASAP.

Does anyone know how difficult it would be to adapt a non-marine (i.e. reasonably priced) ram drive with clutch, mounted to the quadrant, to the Raymarine controller? It has the connections for the Raymarine branded ram drive, but that is IMO ridiculously expensive.

Or should I consider converting from pull-pull cable steering to hydrolic, and go with a hydrolic ram drive?

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What size boat and type do you have?

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