On Sweet Pea right behind her wheel is a chain gear. I thought it was just some sort of steering thing made of ugly metal. But while doing the new mahogany countertop and painting inside, for her new navigation system, decided the wheel was kinda dull, and I removed it and the gear sprocket.
And dang! It says Wood Freeman Auto Pilot on it. Well that answered that question. And to top it off. Bronze! Holy cow. 4 hrs later of buffing, and all that, it looks cool as hell.
BUT.. Now I want all of the goodies to go with it. But what a bunch of stuff. Wires, motors, more wires.. But? I wonder if there is a way to hook it up to the new computer nav thing? I would still want to put in the compass for the look.
But isnt it just sending a signal to a motor that sends a message to a gear on the rudder? And still not sure if its worth it since I am not doing ocean cruises. Or even long bay cruises.
So, does anyone have experience with one of these rube Goldberg auto pilots?