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USING A TILLERPILOT - Can I use a small tillerpilot rigged to my Monitor for motoring when there's no wind?

A small tillerpilot-type electric steering system can be easily rigged up to a Monitor windvane. A ball-mount can be fitted to the airvane counterweight or to a stub airvane approximately 12" high. The tillerpilot is attached to a railing, stanchion or other convenient point, and the tiller bar is attached to the ball-mount. In effect, the Monitor is "fooled" into thinking the wind is moving the airvane when the tillerpilot reacts to a change in the compass heading.
We have a video clip of an operating tillerpilot rigged to a Monitor - see this video of Graham Rabbitts' Rustler 36 "Ariadne".

Typical Monitor-electric autopilot installations



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Tillermaster rigged to stub airvane on Monitor


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Tillermaster rigged to stub airvane on Monitor


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Ball mount for a tillerpilot on Monitor airvane counterweight


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Underdeck autopilot fitted with a Morse (push-pull) cable


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Morse cable run to arm on Monitor counterweight


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Morse cable run to arm on Monitor counterweight


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Tillerpilot on stub airvane


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Tillerpilot on stub airvane


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Tillerpilot on stub airvane