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Raymarine rudder sensor on PSC 34

The PO installed a Raymarine ST4000+ autopilot without the rudder sensor, which I think is a mistake, and I would now like to add that sensor, but for the life of me can't figure out how to mount it with such little space around the quadrant. I hoping someone out there has met this challenge and will enlighten me. The autopilot works without the sensor but wonders and over corrects constantly. I really believe the sensor will help.
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Hi Carl,
I mounted mine on the underside of the cockpit sole, it is upside down.
Just had to swap two of the wires to compensate for installing it this way.
It takes a bit of playing around to get it located just right, the PS31 has great access to the quadrant in the quarter berth.
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Oh, I know this one ! I installed an aluminum angle bracket on my PSC 34' port <--> starboard and mounted the Raymarine rudder sensor onto that.
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Thanks guys, I'll check these options this weekend while I'm at the marina.
Someone else had mentioned the bronze tiller arm but couldn't get that to work in my mind (usual problem) until I saw your picture.
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Smart Heading Sensor

I had the same pilot on my 31, never had the rudder sensor. After I added the Smart Heading Sensor to stabilze the radar, it eliminated all hunting on the AP, with the correct gain and response set for the sea state.

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Thanks for that extra bit of info, but I don't have Raymarine Multifunction displays equipped with radar. Unfortunately none of my equipment will communicate with each other. They're a mix of out dated, but useable, electronics. The autopilot is the newest piece on the boat.
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