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Old 02-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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I have carefully removed a complete Wood Freeman 500 Auto Pilot from our 1979 Prairie. I plan to replace it with a new Gamin system. If anyone is restoring a boat or needs parts for one of these old systems, contact me and I will be glad to hook them up...I just hate to throw things away that someone could possibly use.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:31 AM   #2
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IF I had the urge to do a circumnavigation I would be first in like.

These units are not "modern" but they have something NO modern unit has.

IT can usually be repaired on board.

No transistor boards to replace .

No waypoints , just steering as you like it , where you tell it to go.

Going offshore? , Jump on this!!
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:17 AM   #3
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I understand that many West Cost Fisherman still use them and they can be repaired most often by just cleaning some contacts. This one may work as is. I never tried it. The company had been in business for 80 years, just closed there doors in April of 2014. I have read that the Grandson can still be reached by Phone and will walk you through any problems or repairs. His phone # was on another site, a wooden boat restoration site. Hopefully someone will need or want it.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:21 AM   #4
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Great autopilot. The boat had one for over 45 years. Wood Freeman Diagnosed a problem I was having on a Friday night cruise at 4:30 once! I changed to a Simrad when I went to hydraulic. Kept the compass with the "whiskers", motor and clutch. Couldn't part with them. If anyone could use I have them as well. Loved my iron mike
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Is your auto pilot still available?
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:51 AM   #6
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard Mr. 99.
Mr. L. (Lollipop) and I reached a "deal" where I would take the AP but we just haven't hooked up yet. Mr. L. may be cruising as I haven't heard from him for quite a while.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:57 AM   #7
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I have carefully removed a complete Wood Freeman 500 Auto Pilot from our 1979 Prairie. I plan to replace it with a new Gamin system. If anyone is restoring a boat or needs parts for one of these old systems, contact me and I will be glad to hook them up...I just hate to throw things away that someone could possibly use.


Hi Mr. Lol.

Would love to talk to you about the auto pilot

Hope it's still available.

Thank you
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Greetings,
Mr. N. Please read post #6.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:18 PM   #9
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Does anyone know what type of oil is used in the compass of the Wood Freeman AP?
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:35 PM   #10
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normally it is just mineral oil.
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Greetings,
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:44 PM   #12
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Talk to the guys at W H Autopilots on Bainbrigde Island. They've been around for 30 plus years, a small organization and probably have seen every ap in that generation out there.

WH Autopilots, Inc. | Marine Autopilots on Bainbridge Island 30 Minutes from Seattle
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:10 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:19 PM   #14
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I have a complete unit that I just removed from a 52' Ocean Cruiser (Sailboat) . It was carefully removed and was operational when removed. Owner removed as part of a complete refit and a brand new Furuno system. If anyone still needs them just let me know. 910-620-1844
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