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Revised AutoPilot Instrument Mount

Bill Martinelli, Voyager, #11

 

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AutoPilot Mount

We have these higher tubes at both helms which carry our AutoPilot Controls and make them very easy to view and use. It is hard to see in these photos, so I will describe the mounts.

AutoPilot Mount

Inside the upper curved part of the tube is a piece of 5/16" stainless rod on this is welded a flat piece of stainless with appropriate holes for the instrument. There are no lower rods, nor are they needed. At present I am keeping my eyes open for some sort of plastic/metal bowl or cup to place over the back of the instrument to cover the wires. As they are right now when I sit here and lean back my head hits the wire connectors.The previous owner had these made and wasn't as tall as I am.

AutoPilot Mount

Hey! I found what I was looking For! Here is the cover I needed, I made two of these, one for each helm. What I found was PVC 3" plastic pipe caps fit almost perfectly, just a little sanding. I cut off about an inch in length on the cap and cut a slot for the wires to come through. I also drilled a small hole at the lowest point so if any water gets in it will just drain out. I attached them with a couple of dabs of silicone so they can be removed easily.