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    Posted: 06 Nov 2012 at 3:25pm
I've got an Autohelm 1000, never used, and I want to fit it to my Co 32. My tiller is very long (the previous owner sailed solo a lot of the time) and heavy. There's a stainless steel plate on the st'bd push pit rail which I guess could have been part of the fitting.
 
Any thoughts please?
 
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Mine (and others) have a pin on the bottom of the autohelm which fits in a brass tube embedded into the the seats.  This marries up with a fitting on the tiller that the autohelm piston connects to.  JR sell these to fit standardish tillers.

I have seen other boats where the AH is mounted from the top of the coaming to the tiller.  It could be mounted on a plate, as long as it is horizontal and 90deg to the centreline.

Key is to have the AH flat and perpendicular to the helm/centre line so that the AH is at 90 to the centreline and horizontal.
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I think you may find the Autohelm 1000 (essentially the same as ST1000) is goign to be a bit underpowered for a Co32 in anything other than light winds or motoring, it's hard-over time (speed from stop to stop) is also slow.  The ST2000 is just about OK on a Co32 but if you plan long periods of use under sail I would suggest a fixed installation such as the SPX-5.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric clubley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Nov 2012 at 9:14am
Many thanks for the prompt replies. I'll take these on board
 
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Eric
I too think you will find the Autohelm 1000 a bit light for your boat.  The ST2000+ spec is for less than a CO32, the Simrad TP32 claims to be stronger and the SPX-5 should be fine.

I can't remember if your boat* has lockers on both sides of the cockpit, the JR ones have only a port-side yin.  The Autohelm 1000 asks to be mounted ~18" from the rudder post, shorter and it works too hard, further and it spends too long driving into the end stops, so I can't imagine a pushpit attachment being good - but then your pushpit is bound to be different. 

My recommendation would be eBay the A1000 and buy yourself an SPX-5 at the boatshow.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric clubley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Nov 2012 at 11:18am
Good advice, as usual, Alastair.
 
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Hi Eric

Not sure if this will be of any use to you but...

The pushpit fitting may indicate that your 1000 was used in conjunction with a wind vane steering system. In very light wind or when you want to steer a compass course, its possible to use a tiller pilot mounted on the pushpit and connected to the wind vane to steer the boat.  This uses a lot less power as it still utilises the power of the "servo oar" system to steer the boat. The tiller pilot is simply adjusting the wind vane which requires very little effort. Hope this makes some sense! It might at least explain why you have a mounting on the pushpit.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric clubley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2012 at 3:38pm
Richard,
 
you are right on the money; that's exactly how it was! Thanks
 
 
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