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Tiller Pilot on Windvane

We are installing a Raymarine ST1000 tiller pilot on our Monitor windvane and can't find a lot of into on how to mount the unit.

Has anyone done this ?

The most likely scenario is to mount it on the top rail of the pushpit, attached to a stub vane on the Monitor. The alternative is to mount it on the lower rail and attach the pilot to the counter weight but that seems to be a pretty tight fit.

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Re: Tiller Pilot on Windvane

Well the ST1000 is notorious for not being very water tight so you might want to make sure it is someplace relitively protected from waves, spray and rain.
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I've heard they have watertight integrity problems. We're making a cover for it.
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Yes put it in a cover. But more importantly mount it so the ram is pointing slightly downward to prevent it from filling up with water. Wipe some kind of lube on the seals, wire grommet and ram...often. Like Vaseline. Don't trust the supplied Raymarine connector. I splice mine in directly, under the deck.

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The Monitor manual has instructions on how to do this (section 4.6).
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Re: Tiller Pilot on Windvane

You might want to check with the Monitor people about this. They told us that they do not recommend this set-up since the wash from the prop puts a great deal of load on the Monitor's bearings and bushings. In our boat the prop is set quite far back and is only a couple of feet from the Monitor rudder. Not sure what your boat is like.

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Re: Tiller Pilot on Windvane

On the rail with a stub where the paddle goes. Yes, monitor doesn't like you to do it....but we saw no appreciable wear difference doing it, many out here have the same set up. A good, reliable, inexpensive companion autopilot for the monitor windvane would be a CPT autopliot.
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We have a CPT autopilot and it seems to be a very good unit. Robust and simple are a good combination.

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On the rail with a stub where the paddle goes. Yes, monitor doesn't like you to do it....but we saw no appreciable wear difference doing it, many out here have the same set up. A good, reliable, inexpensive companion autopilot for the monitor windvane would be a CPT autopliot.
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Re: Tiller Pilot on Windvane

Sam,
We have the same setup. I started with a piece of 1/4" starboard. I used the small monitor blue vane and traced the slot pattern onto the starboard. The L bracket was just a piece of flat aluminum bar that I bent and drilled for the bolts. Lastly, I used a small piece of bungee cord to keep the tiller arm from jumping off of the bolt.

The rail mount was a repurposed bracket that I had for another purpose. I was able to drill a hole for the tiller pilot mount that just slides into the slot.

The tiller pilot has worked well under sail or power.
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