Keep both units and mount a switch near the rotary/chain drive drive
unit as Amel does. Run the one in the galley(the rotary)at night so
the noise will not be under your bed .Run the linear drive that will
be under the aft cabin berth during the day when the noise will not
disturb you. Running each drive unit for a twelve hour on/off duty
cycle will greatly increase their lifespan as they won’t get very
“hot”. Heat is the big problem with autopilot drives that are on for
days and days.
Be sure to mount the end not attached to the rudder Quadrant on some
medium soft rubber padding to make it much more quiet. Through bolt it
as normal, just don’t fully tighten the fasteners and use Nyloc nuts
or double nut with Loc-Tite.
As always , this is from me as an Amel owner and not as the Amel guy
for North America.
All the best,
Joel F. Potter
Joel F. Potter - Cruising Yacht Specialist, LLC
Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas
401 East Las Olas Boulevard, #130-126
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 462-5869 Fax: (954) 462-3923
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