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    Posted: 03 Dec 2013 at 11:18am

Have you thought about an under deck arrangement with type one linear drive. I think its possible you will need to cut the Rudder tube and fit a tiller arm and a gland. I haven't got further as my ST4000 works well but I have a life raft locker built into the quarter berth so its stronger

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Hi George,

did you come to any final conclusions ref the fitting of the EV100 ? I was looking at it today at the boat show-a very neat unit and one I would like to fit.

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Another mad idea :
Why not use a bracket on the tiller which is both cranked and offset to port to give you sufficient space to mount it in the same way as an ST2000? 
Does the fact that it's effectively using a short extension tiller to port affect the response if the autopilot fitting is at the same radius as it would be if it were on the tiller directly?  

  
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Hi Nick,

It is still my intention to fit an EV100 as it looks like a good bit of kit, the boat budget is being hit with a few other things first but hopfully I can get it in the spring.

 

Re fitting.   I’m pretty convinced that a custom GRP moulding that allows to the ram to be fitted in a recess under the cockpit seat will work well but may not have the time to investigate further due to other projects.   In the short term I may use the existing arrangement and accept the compromise.

 

Hi Paul,

Yes I had considered that and it solves the issue of the longer ram and having an equall amount of travel in each directing.  Unfortunatly it does not solve the issue of how to move the tiller pin closer to the rudderstock to give a greater range of movement on the rudder.

 

It may be that a larger and more more complicated (and offset) bracket is the way to go but I think it would need to be removable as a larger (taller) fixed tiller bracket will interfere with the stern locker when the tiller it lifted up.  Once I have bought the EV100 I will probably try and mock this up in cardboard or thin plastic and see it it’s possible. 

Happy to report back once progress has been made.

George Isted
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