I bought a sheet of 1/2" UHMW polyethylene and cut the necessary pieces to make a replacement for the wood box. To make it easier to view the display, I canted the actual autopilot mounting surface back at 20°. Finally, since nothing sticks to UHMW, I screwed it together using 1" #6 stainless screws.
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Design was a little tricky. The space inside the coaming is not very much larger than the desired size of the new mount. Thankfully I had the old wood box to use for setting dimensional constraints. When it was completed, the moment of truth arrived: Will I be able to get it into the space?
Yup. Just. The 20° taper helped by making the bottom side of the box thinner.
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Anyone need spare parts for a Benmar 14 autopilot? I have a bunch...