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Tiller pilot mount

OK, all you MacGyver types, here is your chance to shine:

I need to mount my tiller pilot to the cockpit coaming. I don't really want to spend the money ($75) on a simple part like this:


I could just screw a block of wood to the coaming, but, would rather have it removable when not in use. Any cheap-o ideas? Maybe a plumbing fitting of some kind?

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Re: Tiller pilot mount

Is the cockpit coming roughly level with the top of the tiller at the current mounting point (about 16" in front of the pivot)? If so I'd extend the ram instead of using one of those cantilever mounts.

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When it's removed the only sights of it existing are a small pin in the tiller and a small piece of brass on the edge of the cockpit. The black section of the ram is the extension. I think it was about $30.

I don't like the cantilever mount because it takes away functional bench area in the cockpit.

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Re: Tiller pilot mount

The tiller pilot comes to about 4" below the top of the coaming. However, it might be worth considering putting a bracket on the top of the tiller (raising the tiller pilot 4"), then mounting to the top of the coaming board with a bit of reinforcement. That is a good point about having room under the tiller pilot, too.

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Re: Tiller pilot mount

On my tiller pilot I have installed a "C" shape bracket under the tiller handle to attach the ram to. It has a pin on the top of the lower portion of the bracket that the ram sits on as the ram has a hole in it for this purpose. The other end of the autopilot has a 4 inch pin underneath it that fits into a hole in the bench seat to anchor the autopilot. There is a stainless plate (similar to the black circle plate in the original post) that goes over the hole on the bench to provide strength. Very easy to setup or remove and easily disconnected if you need to grab the tiller.

Is it just me or does it look like the autopilot is mounted to close to the stern in the link provided by Alex? I wouldnt think you could get the proper leverage needed to maintain steerage in rough seas with the pilot mounted that close to the pivot point.
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Re: Tiller pilot mount

It is at the spec'd location by Raymarine. The pivot on a transom mount rudder is a lot more aft than on a spade rudder.

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It is at the spec'd location by Raymarine. The pivot on a transom mount rudder is a lot more aft than on a spade rudder.
That is another advantage of having a transom mounted rudder.

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Re: Tiller pilot mount

One of the POs of my boat glassed a mount against the cockpit combing. It seems to work well. You can see it in this photo:https://plus.google.com/photos/10193...88163929897438
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Re: Tiller pilot mount

Raymarine provides clear alternatives in the installation section of their tiller pilot manuals. Consider mounting the socket in the seat (or lid of the lazarette) and mounting the pin that the rod connects to on a bracket affixed to the underside of the tiller. I was very satisfied with this arrangement on a previous boat.
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Re: Tiller pilot mount

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Raymarine provides clear alternatives in the installation section of their tiller pilot manuals. Consider mounting the socket in the seat (or lid of the lazarette) and mounting the pin that the rod connects to on a bracket affixed to the underside of the tiller. I was very satisfied with this arrangement on a previous boat.
We did exactly this on our boat. Raymarine sells the tiller bracket for $45-50, but I had one made by a local machinist for $20. When the autopilot is not in use, all you see is the bracket and the socket sunk into the cockpit locker lid. 3,000 miles without a hitch.

Here's a picture of our setup: http://www.taketothesea.us/static/51...61673012/1000w

I wish I had a better shot of the bracket itself, but there's a good diagram of it in the Raymarine manual anyway.
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Re: Tiller pilot mount

+1 Jeff Burright. The set-up is clean, easy to set up the tiller pilot, and there's nothing to snag a line.
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