Reconditioning the Wheel Pilot/Autopilot aboard Encore

Posted By on June 1, 2014

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After considering my options after removing the belt and housing off the autopilot during my last trip on Encore, I sent the old wheel pilot to be upgraded/reconditioned to match the “brains” of the Raymarine SPX-5 that I replace when I bought the boat. It will still be an out of date generation and in my opinion a bit undersized for any blue water passage, but I’d like to eventually get my Cape Horn self-steering gear working as a backup and “zero-power drain” option for long passages anyway. Anxious to get the gear back and see if it makes a difference. (photo above of just the damaged belt and mounting hardware)

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