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    Default Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Thought this would be a simple question but I've been unable to find an answer in the manual.
    I have a Raymarine direct drive autopilot. Is there a way of setting it up so that it can lock the rudder in a fixed position? I've been lashing the wheel to achieve the same thing but it's a bit of a pain, and you are left with a little play in the system, which on a bumpy night translates into noise as the autopilot ram slides in and out. Seeing as it's right underneath our berth it's not ideal!
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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Iím not aware of a way to tell the system to do that.

    If youíre determined to try it, you could add a switch that applies 12v to just the clutch input, which will connect the ram to the gearbox; I donít know how easily the gearbox backdrives, if at all. Might be best to wire the switch so that it disconnects the clutch from the pilot as well as connecting power, just in case the pilot doesnít like having 12v fed back up its output.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Stupid question perhaps ... but do you not have a clutch in the centre of the wheel? Rotate clockwise to lock the wheel off? ... perhaps it's an AWB thing?
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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    No clutch at the wheel, I'm afraid.
    It's a rod steering system and even with the wheel tightly lashed, which itself is pretty hard to do, there is just enough play left in the system to allow some movement and noise in the AP ram.

    There is a bit in the manual about 'jog steering' which sounds promising, but I could be misunderstanding it.
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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    What PRV said.
    I got that from Raymarine themselves. Reason being I had an FP Pajot (of the osmosis fame) where the outdrive was behind the rudder! When manourvering and applying lots of reverse to pivot, the wheel used to kick something rotten.
    Last edited by Tomahawk; 21-05-19 at 06:26.
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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Have you tried lashing the wheel to hard over / full extent of the ram? That my have less play than straight ahead

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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    'there is just enough play left in the system to allow some movement and noise in the AP ram'

    where exactly is the play, can you rig something up to lock the rudder arm that is fixed to the post ?

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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Have you tried turning the auto pilot off?
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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Quote Originally Posted by guernseyman View Post
    Have you tried turning the auto pilot off?
    You don't see the problem in a system that locks the rudder when the autopilot is turned off?

    Pete

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    Default Re: Can you use your autopilot to lock the rudder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    What PRV said.
    I got that from Raymarine themselves.
    That's interesting - I did wonder whether it was ok mechanically to have the rudder clutched in and pushing against a non-running gearbox and motor. I thought it probably was, but you're confirming that Raymarine agree?

    Pete

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