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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 03/30/10 - 9:42pm
Author: Paul M31 #106
Subject: Autohelm 3000A
In reply to: kaizen m31 #148 's message, "looking to buy autopilot any suggestion on best and easy to install," on - Tuesday - 03/30/10 - 7:08pm

My boat is rigged for an external belt driven system. There's a disc mounted behind the wheel which accepts a notched belt driven by a cockpit wall mounted servomotor, controlled by an external mounted compass module - Autohelm 3000A (Analog)....

The picture below shows the disc, the small wood plate mounted on the cockpit side where the servomotor goes, and the small block (just visible athwarthships against the rear of the cockpit on the other side of the wheel shaft) with a dove-tail slide connector where the compass module is mounted.

The module plugs into the outlet (also shown) for 12V.

I am told (haven't used it myself yet) that this system works like a charm and, as you can see, it is easily removed when not in use (except for the disc wheel)

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This is what the unit looks like - note the wind vane option to steer to wind rather than to course.

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There are more modern (digital) versions of units similar to this - probably better in many aspects, though I doubt anywhere near as durable as this one….

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[> [> thanks -- kaizen m31 #148, - Wednesday - 03/31/10 - 4:47pm

thanks i was thinking about using a wind vane .all the auto pilots are pretty exspensive .should i just spend more money and buy a vane .and has anyone used one on a mariner


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