The Type RS Drives come in two models one with a short stroke (RS SHORT drive) for smaller faster yachts to 32 ft and is also used on inboard engine power boats which have cable steering. The longer stroke (RS LONG drive) offering more power for mid range sailing yachts to 40 ft. Both models make it easy and economical to install an autopilot on to sailboats or power boats with mechanical steering. The drive is very responsive and has little feedback resistance when in ‘Standby’ Pilot mode. The connection kit can be fitted into very small spaces, ideal for small to midsized modern sailboats which have limited space under the cockpit to fit drive units.
Type RS for Sailboat & Inboard Engine Boats
Easy to Buy - Everything you need supplied in one box - drive, 6ft steering cable and universal connection kit. Other cable lengths available.
Easy to Fit - The simple to mount installation kit and optional integrated rudder feedback make for easy fitting.
Compact - The remote drive unit has a tiny footprint and can be mounted in the most convenient location on your boat, horizontally or vertically.
Reliable & Safe - Proven, tested design. The drive unit features a manual override without having to disengage the autopilot first.
Compatible with your Pilot - The Type RS Remote Drive System is compatible with all major brand inboard autopilot systems.
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.
A range of RFBs to suit most common autopilot brands is available - click "Accessories" below for more information.
Ideal for - Sailboats to 40ft 7000Kg and inboard engine power boats
Unique Installation – Offers locations normally not possible inside and on deck.
Easy to Fit - Can be located in very small spaces with optional Rudder feedback unit
Performance – Very Low power consumption, little feedback resistance in Standby Mode.
Unparralleled Performance, Reliability and Durability!
We have been designing, manufacturing and marketing Autopilot Drives for over 25 years. We hold patents on several unique devices that enhance drive performance and supply drives to most of the Marine Industry's leading Autopilot Manufactures for resale within their autopilot packages.