Has anyone had experience installing a modern style autopilot in a 38 Hardtop? 

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And also modifying old Benmars....what fun this one will be!..................

I have installed a raymarine in my 42'. Still not dialed in but all the components where pretty much plug and play. I used the type ll rotary drive to the sprocket which came attached to the steering column inside the helm. It is picking up magnetics so I need to find a new place for the binnacle...

I have but I will tell you, It's a much easier install and smoother operation to upgrade from Chain and Gear  to hydraulic steering before you do. Trust me when I say it's money well spent all the way around. 

I tend to agree, what is the cost on parts?? Hope you are doing well, Lee

Added ray marine chain drive rotary unit to my existing steering system, works great.

I am listening, and thanks Lee!  My question originally was looking at not having to convert to hydraulic, but I can see the logistics of planting a 10" box on the deck between your feet gets complicated quickly.  Do you have experience with a particular type/brand/size of hydraulic to use for my 31? Any guesstimate on dollars involved. Is this a job in the water or out? Thanks, and Happy New Year. 

Lee H Dahlen said:

I have but I will tell you, It's a much easier install and smoother operation to upgrade from Chain and Gear  to hydraulic steering before you do. Trust me when I say it's money well spent all the way around. 

Chris thanks for you comment. Any photo's available of how your set up is positioned?  Taking measurements for the hardware and it looks tight on a 31.

Chris Wickersham said:

Added ray marine chain drive rotary unit to my existing steering system, works great.

I did the same rotary on my 42’, The drive motor is bolted to the fat starboard side of foot well and Chain is angled back to the sprocket inside the helm. I will take a pic soon

There is no 10” box in the way of your feet or anything, fellows. The rotary drive goes inside the helm, you don’t even see it, it sits where there’s already a platform for it (this was a common option when the boats were built), and attaches to the drive sprocket that’s already on the steering shaft (again - the bigger commanders were basically what you’d call pre-wired for this today). It works great. I have no issues with my steering system, I greased and serviced the rods and joints and topped up the oil in the steering gear, and it’s really smooth. I don’t really notice a difference from my dad’s hatteras with hydraulic anymore. It was notchy when I first got the boat. Converting to hydraulic would have been thousands. The rudders are too small on my boat for my liking, if I do anything to the steering it’s going to be changing them out for bigger ones.

Next time I am on the boat I will take you photos.

I have the same platform on my 35 which had a chain drive auto-pilot.

Chris, somewhere in the discussions is a series of pictures showing extension of the rudders on a 47, perhaps a 45. I will try a search.

Tim

Chris, may I contact you with a couple questions regarding your raymarine setup?

Chris Wickersham said:

Added ray marine chain drive rotary unit to my existing steering system, works great.

Sure thing, my email is chriswufgator@aol.com and (904) 389-6202 is my phone.

glenn woudenberg said:

Chris, may I contact you with a couple questions regarding your raymarine setup?

Chris Wickersham said:

Added ray marine chain drive rotary unit to my existing steering system, works great.

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