1987 36 Autopilot

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Sashay
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Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:31 pm

I'm wanting to add an autopilot to my 1987 Albin 36 and the unit I'm considering is the Si-Tex SP-70, my question is what size pump should I go with? They make two sizes, an 18 ci and a 30 ci. My problem is that I live 300 miles away from the boat and every time I have a question I get down to my boat and find out the answer only to return home to find another question.

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jleonard
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Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:38 am

I have that autopilot and I got the larger pump. It works well and is fast.
I believe the smaller pump would work, but it will be slower to move the rudder.
On my previous boat I installed a marginally small sized pump and it had trouble at times. That experience taught me to go with the larger size this time.
1983 40 Albin trunk cabin
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Mystic, CT

Sashay
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Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:09 am

Thanks, good advise!

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Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:59 am

Agree with Jay (I would be crazy not to) - my Simrad AP - I went with the larger pump as well - works like a charm. I could really think of a few times in the swells that I am glad to have the larger one.
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:19 am

0 for 2, I think I'm going with the larger pump! Thanks guys

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