I heard about Octopus Drives through friends doing an internet search and my boat dealer SkipperBuds (Coopersville, MI), I started to research your unit and was very impressed. The pdf files online were easy to understand and I could picture myself installing your unit. Every dealer talks about how hard it is to install an autopilot system and shame on me for believing them.
The Octopus Type B connection kit was a breeze, I had that installed within 45 minutes, it could not have been easier, pop a cotter pin, retract the steering cable, add the bracket, extend the steering cable and insert your unit with cotter pin….done!!! After reorganizing the batteries and trim tab pump, I installed the drive unit to the base of the boat with 1” SS screws, holes pre drilled and filled with silicon sealant.
Overall the unit has been great, Kim and I recently fished some difficult seas with 2 ft waves coming from the north and 4 ft rollers from the SW, left over from the night before, the autopilot kept me on a straight line, better than I could have. The whole time Kim and I were busy at the back … with no worries on getting back to the helm…that autopilot saved my marriage!
Read the full account of Kevin's install below
Type R System Installation on a SeaRay AJ 270 courtesy of Kevin Fleming
Type R Drive Family
LOW COST SOLUTION - No need to change to hydraulic steering
EASY TO FIT - Simple to install kits
DISCREET INSTALLATION - All components mounted out of sight
TIME SAVING - Rudder feedback option mounts directly on drive
SAFE - Manual override without disengaging the autopilot
COMPATIBLE WITH ALL MAJOR AUTOPILOT BRAND ELECTRONICS - simple solutions for difficult installations
The heart of this pilot drive system is the remote drive as shown is the photo.
The drive unit is connected to the boat steering by a cable and connection kit.
The remote drive system is ideal for the following three types of engine application.
1: Stern drives also known as I/O drives or Z drives
2: Outboard engines up to 150HP
3: Inboard engines requiring traditional rudder steering
OPTIONAL RUDDER FEEDBACK UNIT
One of the most complex and time-consuming aspects of autopilot installation is fitting the rudder feedback unit, ensuring that the geometry matches the full range of rudder movement. The Octopus rudder feedback unit solves these
problems as it mounts directly to the drive unit itself.