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New Autopilot

Post by chrismalpass » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:29 pm

I am thinking of fitting a Raymarine EV200 Linear drive system to my Discus - wheel steering. Does anybody out there have any experience of this system or recommendations/advice before I purchase it? Thank you.

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Re: New Autopilot

Post by Jolly Roger » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:42 pm

I fitted the EV100 tiller to my Fulmar. Far superior for directional control than the old Autohelm 2000 it replaced. You should be pleased with it if you choose the EV200.
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Re: New Autopilot

Post by Wolfgang » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:25 pm

The EV200 is an excellent piece of equipment. I have fitted one to my Oceanranger. For me the most complicated thing was to get a tiller for the horizontal drive, which could be fitted on the rudder stock. See picture below, where you see the custom made tiller and the rudder angle sensor.
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Also you'll need a mounting bracket for the linear drive. The forces need to be considered.
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Re: New Autopilot

Post by chrismalpass » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:22 pm

Jolly Roger and Wolfgang,

Many thanks for your positive comments and advice - particularly the photographs Wolfgang.

I think this is definitely the system for me. I'll let you know how it goes.

All best wishes,

Chris

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Re: New Autopilot

Post by daveholl » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:49 pm

We fitted a spx10 course computer , p70 controller and a linear drive to our ketch Discus ARAWA 3 years ago. All I will say is make the mount for the linear drive as strong as possible. Big forces here. The quadrant off the top of the rudder post was 1/2 " steel plate bolted to the existing top mount. 12mm bolts plus locktite. Hasn't given any problems so far

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Re: New Autopilot

Post by aquaplane » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:47 pm

Wolfgang wrote:The EV200 is an excellent piece of equipment. I have fitted one to my Oceanranger. For me the most complicated thing was to get a tiller for the horizontal drive, which could be fitted on the rudder stock. See picture below, where you see the custom made tiller and the rudder angle sensor.

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Also you'll need a mounting bracket for the linear drive. The forces need to be considered.

drive.jpg
Wonderful very clear pictures Wolfgang, thanks for sharing.
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