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auto pilot

Postby tjc7t7 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:57 am

I have a 84 28' express with a single 318. Im interested in installing autopilot and was just wanting to see what you experts recommended? thanks!
1984 28 Express hardtop single 318. Lake Erie Jefferson Ohio

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Re: auto pilot

Postby honestcharlie56 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:28 pm

Do you have hydraulic steering?
1990 Marinette 32 Sedan Flybridge "Hubba"
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Re: auto pilot

Postby tjc7t7 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:47 pm

No. I'm guessing I need the rotary style? I was curious if anyone has installed one on there m and if so what is a reliable unit without breaking the bank. Thanks l
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Re: auto pilot

Postby yooper » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:23 pm

I'm waiting for a Marinette owner to try one of these before I take a chance. http://www.cptautopilot.com/order.php

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Re: auto pilot

Postby GeraldoMel » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:09 am

yooper wrote:I'm waiting for a Marinette owner to try one of these before I take a chance. http://www.cptautopilot.com/order.php


That one does look pretty good but like you I'd like to hear some good reviews first.

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Re: auto pilot

Postby tjc7t7 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:49 am

Thanks for the info! That just might be a good winter project.
1984 28 Express hardtop single 318. Lake Erie Jefferson Ohio

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Re: auto pilot

Postby BlueSkye » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:51 pm

Years ago I went on a cruise with some guys from the Power Squadron. Nice guys, teaching boater safety classes. There were five boats and we agreed to follow the leader across Lake Ontario to Alexandria Bay. The guy following me had a brand new big tub of a boat with the latest stuff. We ran into some rough water and I slowed to lessen the screaming from my crew below.

This guy behind me was not on the bridge. He was overtaking me directly astern. Didn't respond to the radio. I powered off to the right and he passed me, still a ghost ship. The swell turned me around 180. I decided to leave the cruise and go back the way I came. Never saw him again.

A steering mechanism is no substitute for a pilot. Just sayin.
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Re: auto pilot

Postby tjc7t7 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:12 am

i would never use it at cruising speed. i agree its dangerous. I just want to use it for trolling. Its nice to have when you help net a fish or set a rod so the boat stays straight and you dont tangle up your lines.
1984 28 Express hardtop single 318. Lake Erie Jefferson Ohio

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Re: auto pilot

Postby Fastjeff » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:17 am

The "Admiral" was my autopilot. Worked at any speed.

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Re: auto pilot

Postby ukester » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:30 pm

I have more than likely a original that I took out of my marrinette its freee if interested send me a message
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