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Type RS Sailboat Drive


Short on space? No problem!!! The Type RS Sailboat Drive makes it easy and economical to install an autopilot on light displacement sailboats 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.

Recommended for Yachts up to 38ft (11.5m) maximum displacement 15400 lbs / 7000 kg.

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.

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 RS 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

Installation Envelope

Installation Envelope


Peak Thrust 180Kg (400lbs)
Max Rudder Torque 450 NM (333 Ib ft)
Hard Over Time 12-15 seconds
Peak Power 7 Amps
Average Power 2-3 Amps
Tiller Arm Radius 254mm (10")
Max Displacement Fully Laden 7000Kg (15,400lbs)
Max Boat Length 12M (38')
Voltage 12Volt
Clutch circuit Power Required 850 milliamps

Order Code

Order Code Type
MDRS-SYS 12in stroke up to 12m (38ft), 7,000Kg (15,400lbs)


  Order Code Description
Universal Installation Kit OC15SUK26 Universal Mounting Kit 12in stroke (included in kit)
Steering Cable OC15211-4 Type RS Drive 4' Steering Cable, 12" stroke
OC15211-6 Type RS Drive 6' Steering Cable, 12" stroke (standard pack cable)
OC15211-9 Type RS Drive 9' Steering Cable, 12" 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 RS Installation Guide

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