I just purchased the EV 100 Wheel for my Ticon 30, I understand they are Easy to install ( I hope).
I believe the maximum displacement for the unit is about 16,500 lbs and they recommend about a 20% buffer for gear etc. which means a real max. of about 13,000 lbs. So I think it would be small for a 38 Ft. boat.
Would probably work ok motoring in calm water but would struggle to cope when sailing.
I installed one on my C&C 110 (36') that weighs around 10,000lb. It was easy to install and interfaced nicely with my Garmin plotter and Ray ST60 instruments. I can steer to a compass heading, a wind angle, waypoint, or route.
The unit works great motoring and in light wind. As the wind picks up the the performance decreases. If I am good about keeping weather helm down its works OK. Downwind it can struggle.
I would say that you need an under deck pilot for your boat. If you do use the Evo 100 wheel pilot I don't think you will be happy with performance in bigger wind and going downwind.
I'd love to hear back following your EV-100 installation because I have a TICON 30 as well and will be upgrading to the same model. More specifically, would love to know where and how you mount the various components, etc.
Have not decided yet what to do. I have concerns that the EV100 will not be strong enough but after looking around under the cockpit, mounting one of the below deck models will not be easy. A lot of same size boats in our club have the same autopilot and they report that its fine so long as you don't use it in big winds/waves. Given the type of sailing we do I don't think it will be an issue. Will let you know if I give it a try.
derailing this thread a bit, wondered how the installation went for dbruce? I've purchased the EV-100 as well, mine didn't come with a power cord to the wheel motor, did yours? Next I'm wondering about the rudder sensor, I've read that its not required but the literature keeps referring to it, any thoughts?
I haven't installed it yet. Decided to wait til the boat is in the water so I can get the EV sensor Core installed level. I usually don't launch until early May.
I didn't get power cords from the electrical source to the ACU-100 or from the wheel drive to the ACU-100. #10 wire should do it, depending on the length of run. I don't have a rudder sensor either. Your right, in the literature they keep referring to it. I am going to install without it and see how it works. It could always be added after if needed. I have heard from people who have the same unit and are happy without one.
thanks for the replies, now I'm concerned about mounting the EV sensor, hadn't thought about it being perfectly level. I'd be more confident of level with my boat in the cradle than bobbing at the slip. And thats good news about the rudder sensor