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