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Type R Sailboat Drive


Compact & Convenient Solution!!! The Type R Sailboat Drive is ideal for small to midsized modern sailboats up to 32ft (10m) maximum displacement 13200 lbs / 6000 kg which have limited space under the cockpit to fit drive units. All components are mounted out of sight and the innovative remote drive unit has a tiny footprint and can be located in very small spaces.

Key Features

EASY TO BUY - Everything you need supplied in one box - drive, 6ft steering cable and universal connection kit.

EASY TO FIT - The simple to mount installation kit and optional integrated rudder feedback make for easy fitting.

HIGH PERFORMANCE - Responsive drive, little feedback resistance in Standby Mode.

COMPACT - The remote drive unit has a tiny 0.25Ft2 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 R Remote Drive System is compatible with all major brand inboard autopilot systems.

Optional Rudder Feedback Unit

Rudder Feedback UnitOne 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

Remote Drive Dimensions

Installation Envelope

Type R Installation Envelope


Peak Thrust 136Kg (330lbs)
Max Rudder Torque 250 NM (185 Ib ft)
Hard Over Time 12-15 seconds
Peak Power 5 Amps
Average Power 1.25 Amps
Tiller Arm Radius 216mm (8.5")
Max Displacement Fully Laden 6000Kg (13,200lbs)
Max Boat Length 10M (32')
Voltage 12Volt
Clutch circuit Power Required 850 milliamps

Order Code

Order Code Type
MDRESYS-E 8.5in stroke up to 10m (32ft), 6,000Kg (13,200lbs)


  Order Code Description
Universal Installation Kit OC15SUK19 Universal Mounting Kit 8.5in stroke (included in kit)
Steering Cable OC15109-6 Type R Drive 6' Steering Cable, 8.5" stroke (standard pack cable)
OC15109-9 Type R Drive 9' Steering Cable, 8.5" stroke
OC15109-12 Type R Drive 12' Steering Cable, 8.5" stroke
Rudder Feedback Unit OC15SUK27 Universal RFB for all autopilots
OC15SUK27A RFB for Comnav & Sitex Autopilots
OC15SUK27B RFB for Raymarine Autopilots
OC15SUK27D RFB for Coursemaster & Simrad* Autopilots
OC15SUK27E RFB for Garmin, Furuno, Navman & TMQ Autopilots
Simrad Resistance To Frequency Conversion Kit OC15SUK83 * Simrad Resistance To Frequency Conversion Kit - required for Simrad Autopilots

Additional Information

Second Cable Length Calculation


Type R Installation Guide

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