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So I have a sport pilot system on a power assist mercruiser / kicker motor set up. The autopilot drive is shot and I'm looking for options to replace. A tech mentioned an octopus drive if it would interface with my pilot. I want the pilot for trolling so am thinking of just going to a garmin reactor...but figured someone might have a more economical fix.

 

 

 

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Steering the boat with power assist steering is most always hard on a mechanical drive pilot with the engine not running but the octopus is a more direct and stronger unit than the X5 was & has a full disconnect so you should see no resistance in steering in standby or pilot off mode. 

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With the octopus helm drives you’ll need to change out your steering cable as well. And they require 10-12in of space behind the dash.  

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27 minutes ago, jigstick said:

With the octopus helm drives you’ll need to change out your steering cable as well. And they require 10-12in of space behind the dash.  

 

Good point, you need a minimum of 10" behind the dash, but unless it is an older Morris rotary helm/cable or a rack & pinion set up any existing Teleflex rotary cable is compatible with the octopus drive. 

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