Re: John S., Gus: Simrad Autopilot installation issues
That's why I yelled for "HELP" from Gus, if anyone can come up with an answer it's him.
In the meantime, I'm going tp call my Marina and see ifthey can answer a few of the questions or if they have installed any ????
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John S., Grey Ghost...
John -- after a little more research two things to point out that appear to be the biggest issues. First, you need to determined what type of steering system you have, radial cable or hydraulic, and then what specific type. Like Gus I have a radial cable, my guess is you do too. After a little homework I found out my specific make of steering system is a "Teleflex no feedback." From there you look up what you extra parts you need (if any) from a chart in the Simrad installation manual. You also need to know the make / angle of your steering bezel (mine is a Teleflex 90 deg). From all this it appears my installation is "relatively" simple in that at least I don't have to replace the steering cable and I don't need a cable adapter. All I need is a bezel adapter (for the 90 deg teleflex).
Now here's the hard part for me, and perhaps for you given your "barge" boat configuration: where to put the bloody flux compass? Simrad recommends the ideal location is the center point of boat (ie., midship / center line). Issues are (i) the compass is supposed to be protected from the elements (away from rain / sun) and (ii) it should be at least 2-3 ft. away from potential sources of interference (power cables, radio or radio cables, batteries and basically anything else that is ferrous or generates an electrical field). This is a real problem for me. I don't have any "below deck" space, just a few storage compartments, the closest to the center point holds my trolling motor batteries! Under my console (off to the right side) would be the most protected spot, but thats where all the power cables come in to my fuse box. I may have a real problem finding where and how to install the compass in a good spot...
Grey Ghost, any ideas for John or myself on the compass issue?