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I'm making progress installing my new Raymarine 'Evolution' autopilot.

Having a wonderful Simrad WP 30 for fifteen years that happily communicated with an old Garmin chart-plotter this install has been 'character-building'.

I remember installing the WP 30 in about 40 minutes.

Installing the Raymarine seems like 40 days and 40 nights of freezing rain, at the wheel with a foul current-

The paperwork from the FOUR separate components, wheel-pilot, control box, fluxgate compass, and display seem like they were written on different planets.

And the Sea-Talk NG (Next Generation) wiring "backbone" will not talk to NEMA 0183 without an expensive aftermarket 'adapter'.
The SeaTalk (and incompatible with Sea Talk, Sea Talk NG) is a buffed-up version of NEMA 2000 but with proprietary (expensive) cables that need proprietary (expensive) connectors, and (expensive) terminators like old SCCI computer connections.

I got an app for my phone that senses magnetic fields and the best location for the fluxgate compass (for ALMA) is right under the cabin sole on centerline adjacent to the mid bulkhead. I made a bracket to attach the fluxgate to the hull liner centerline flange. We'll see if this location works-

Instead of drilling FOUR holes into my nice Edson pedestal I re-purposed the Simrad wheelpilot's mounting bracket that is attached to the pedestal with plastic sheathed hose clamps. They have been in service a long time and look new. A simple piece of Aluminum rod turned down to fit the Evo's plastic wheel mechanism locates the pilots mechanism. The motor's wire passes through the spot where the Edson wheel brake lived before it lost its brake lining and quit. I removed the brake entirely. It never held the wheel very well for us.

I made another aluminum bracket to hold the SeaTalk backbone connector 'bridge' and used an existing spot under my galvanic isolator to clamp the bracket. We have no need for an autopilot on shore power so I'm not expecting any interference from the proximity of AC and DC circuits.

Yesterday I was able to finally complete the installation of the components and power up the whole mess. The components are located in the Starboard lazzarette just forward of my shore power inlet. They are set on mahogany stand-offs set in epoxy. I don't drill holes in ALMA often- and this 'kit' hasn't offered a sense of permanence!

I was so apprehensive of the complexity of this install I first put the wheel on the pedestal without the keyway's key- I figured if I had missed something with the hard-over settings the wheel would slip on its axle should the rudder come to its stop before the 'brain' knew.

Actually everything went perfectly.
The motor cable has no polarity- just an "A" and "B" label.
No worries though, the display asks the installer= "Did the wheel turn to Port?" LoL.

No it didn't- but after answering 'no' the brain called "B" "A" and "A" "B"!
I swapped the motor leads so I wouldn’t see THAT message for eternity-
Funny the two wires are “B”lue and “B”rown…

So- I'm ready to complete the setup next trip to the boatyard and I'm looking forward to the Raymarine hyperbole of 2 degree course holding.

Next up? A new chartplotter and a big Raymarine wedding!

A BIG-Bonus is the new lazzarette panels I made from Home-Depot white coated pressed board.
The old pegboard panels were gnarly and these should keep engine sounds, heat and smells where they belong.
Introductions / Re: New 323 Owner
« Last post by Trouttfish on April 03, 2018, 04:10:12 PM »
My shrouds and deck hardware were fitted with turnbuckle like fittings with a double end threaded stud in the center. It was the threaded stud that failed. The wire seemed ok, but the fittings at the ends were rusty so I swapped em’ out. One less thing to worry about!
For Sale and Wanted / Re: 1981 Pearson 323 for Auction on EBAY
« Last post by Valor on April 02, 2018, 09:51:26 PM »
Good luck with your sale!

P35 General Discussion / Re: P-35 check in!
« Last post by Borfo on March 31, 2018, 10:40:18 AM »
Big Al from Apollo Beach here. I could use some help wiring from the glow plug and starter switch. Great sailing everyone
Standing & Running Rigging / Re: whisker pole topping lift
« Last post by Dolce_Vita on March 29, 2018, 11:28:38 AM »
I just went to the end with the halyard.

If you want simple, there's a "no hardware" solution I call a "poor man's downhaul".  The
drawback is that it has to be released to trim the sheet.  To do it, you simply take some slack in
the lazy sheet and tie it off to a stanchion base.
Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: Alternate House Bank Battery Location
« Last post by rbrtfeld on March 28, 2018, 11:33:19 PM »
Good idea but be ready to spend a bunch on heavy gauge wire running back to the motor and other connections. I put in a Windlass and was shocked at the wire cost to run from my house bank to the windlass motor in the bow. The weight is no problem if you think of what water weighed when tank is full. Good luck and Fair winds
For Sale and Wanted / 1981 Pearson 323 for Auction on EBAY
« Last post by rbrtfeld on March 28, 2018, 10:21:27 PM »
To all that wanted parts from the 1981 323 I have in Florida, I have decided to just auction it off to the highest bidder on Ebay. I really wanted to recommission this boat when I bought it on Ebay. I just don't have the time to do that or take anytime to pull parts off.  There are so many good parts on this boat that it is a bargain for the right person. The storage fees are $180.00 per month and paid up to date. I have the survey that was done in 2017 for review. Just text me your email address at 406-855-6682 and I will send it as soon as possible. Fair winds to all.
Here is the link to Ebay.

eBay item number:

Electrical Systems & Electronics / Alternate House Bank Battery Location
« Last post by Valor on March 28, 2018, 08:41:41 AM »
Can the house bank be installed someplace other than the stern of the boat? Was thinking about removing the bow tank and installing them under the V-berth. Considering all of the weight stored in the stern of the boat plus passengers, figured 200 lbs can be moved forward with no ill effects. Thoughts?
Standing & Running Rigging / Re: whisker pole topping lift
« Last post by edithcollins on March 27, 2018, 01:43:26 PM »
Is the topping lift internal?
I too have the line controlled pole.  On my spin pole, it is a wire that is attached on either end of the pole with a ring in the middle.  So the line control would not matter.
I want to try to be simple though, so the spin halyard seems good.
Dulce, where is your downhaul attached to the pole?
Standing & Running Rigging / Re: whisker pole topping lift
« Last post by selene on March 27, 2018, 11:30:06 AM »
I have a dedicated topping lift, installed by the PO. I have a small block halfway up the mast to route the line. It goes to the end of the pole, and I find it very useful in controlling the pole, especially when taking it down. Also, with the jib up, my pole is a perfect length for tacking inside the forestay, and the topping lift keeps it all under control during the tack (of course you end up clipped to the wrong sheet when you do this, but that's not too bad)

I am still working out how to rig a bridle. My issue is twofold: my pole is expandable to deal with the Genoa; and it is an older design pole, so the control line for releasing the pole is on the top, right where I want to put the bridle; and I don't want too many lines in the same spot.  Ho hum. One of the fun things about having your own boat is working out the right solution - sometimes they answer is easy to find, sometimes less so.
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