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autopilot tiller pilot question
I just bought a raymarine tiller pilot for my boat. I've wanted one for years and finally pulled the trigger. Only thing is, the particular way my tiller is, it doesn't have enough curve to keep it level with the cockpit seats. With nothing holding it up is 12 inches or more under as it doesn't have much curve. With the tiller pilot there is nothing that retains the pushrod vertically to the tiller so my question is:
Is it a big safety issue to tie the end of the pushrod to the tiller where the pin is installed?
My guess is that it would be an issue in an emergency obviously if you need to quickly disengage the pilot, but I was thinking of using bungee or some other elastic material that I could stretch and slip over the end to take the pushrod off quickly.
Logically this works, but do others out there have experience with this and notice something I might not be thinking about.