Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Mango Change to Raymarine Autopilot - add a Linear Drive
Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
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All of the Raymarine course computers I have seen are NOT "married" to Raymarine drives and these will control almost any electrical or hydraulic drive. So, if I were you I would go to Raymarine and download the installation manual of the new Raymarine system for information and contact your local Raymarine dealer.
You may want to install an A/B switch to switch the connection between the existing chain drive and the linear drive that you plan to install on the quadrant. One trick is that you will likely have to switch polarity of the drive motor for the Linear drive because the physical orientation will be reverse the physical orientation of the existing rotary drive. Raymarine course computers change a drive's change direction by reversing polarity...remember this when installing that linear drive. You can switch polarity at the A/B switch for the motor of the additional drive.
Since the Mango and the Super Maramu have the same hull except for the portion aft of the watertight bulkhead on the forward side of the rear lazzerette, I assume that you may have little problems fitting a Raymarine Type 2 Long Linear Drive 12VDC Drive...assuming that the Mango is its original 12VDC, you will probably have no problems installing a Raymarine 12VDC system and you will likely be able to switch between the two drives.
Apparently David Pawley pawleyd"at"gmail.com has some experience with doing this with a Neco.
Take a look at these photos of a Super Maramu Linear Drive by Raymarine:
And, these of a Sharki: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/amelyachtowners/search/photos?query=autopilot#zax/albums_1236366580
And I would not be surprised if a Mango owner hasn't done the same thisng and add more to this thread.
On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 5:08 AM, David Pawley pawleyd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: