Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Marine Electronics - Autopilot
Jay, I would definitely keep your rotary drive , as well as adding the linear drive , two is better than one when it comes to autopilots. Having added a linear drive to my SM ,I can say that trying to install the drive as Amel did from the factory , would be very difficult. I spent time looking at a factory install and took photos and measurements on another SM , then compared them to my boat. I realized I would need to cut out glassed in stringers , cut the tabbing and remove the seat/bed from the starboard aft stateroom . Then fabricate a new quadrant , while trying to calculate the angles and positions for both quadrant and drive unit , to allow exactly the right limits for the push and pull of the drive. I was not comfortable cutting out stringers and to have a unprofessional finish/appearance . I build houses and do a lot of fabrication and problem solving , but I felt uncomfortable tackling the install. I was about to give up and put the L drive on Ebay . I came up with another way to install the L-drive , the install was pretty straight forward ,relatively easy and has worked fine now for over 8000 miles. I installed the unit under the port side of the bed in the storage area. You can see photos of my install in the photo section under Shenanigans. I did not have to fabricate a new quadrant , just extend the existing one. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
From: J Wagam jwagam@... [amelyachtowners]
Sent: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 5:28 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Marine Electronics - Autopilot
Let me be more specific. I am wondering where owners mounted the linear drive or if they perhaps found a way to use the existing gear when upgrading. Right now, the autopilot motor is attached to a chain behind the console. It is controlled manually. I actually wouldn't mind finding a way to leave it as a backup.
Plenty of space for all the other items you listed.
On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 2:33 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: