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09-21-2011 10:22 AM
Originally Posted by funjohnson View Post
What size boat and type do you have?
1979 Westerly Berwick Ketch
32.5' ~5500kg

09-21-2011 10:19 AM
funjohnson What size boat and type do you have?
09-21-2011 09:41 AM
patrickstickler 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?

09-14-2011 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by rbrasi View Post
Took you long enough! Thought you'd taken a nap or something
09-14-2011 09:05 PM
capttb 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.
09-14-2011 07:05 PM
Originally Posted by PorFin View Post
Las Vegas comes to mind...
09-14-2011 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by treilley View Post
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.
09-14-2011 05:48 PM
apogee1mars 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.
09-14-2011 05:03 PM
Originally Posted by rbrasi View Post
I could think of worse places to be stranded.
Las Vegas comes to mind...
09-14-2011 04:52 PM
Tim R. Another big advantage of a quadrant mount pilot is the ability to steer if a cable parts.
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