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Old 21-04-2011, 08:57   #1
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Autohelm 6000 Autopilot Drive

hello there, i am new to the site and am hoping to track down some help.

i am in posession of an older autohelm 6000 unit with course computer, fluxgate, rudder feedback, control head and hydraulic pump. the problem with me using it is two-fold.

first, i have mechanical quadrant steering. so my questions are as follows:

is the computer compatible with both mechanical and hydraulic drive units? can i just interchange them? what type of mechanical drive and where can i find such a unit second hand. does anyone out there have one that they could part with?

second, my boat is a young sun 35 double ender and i am worried that the linear drive wouldn't have enough room next to the quadrant to do it's thing. anyone have any experience with this?

thanks for the help

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Old 21-04-2011, 12:27   #2
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Re: Autohelm 6000 Autopilot Drive

Hi Jared
I've made the swap you want to do. The course computer doesn't care if it is driving a hydraulic pump or a linear motor. If the linear unit is the same length as the hyd. cylinder you might even luck out and use the same mounts. If not you can attatch a tiller arm to the rudder post and relocate the position of the drive unit where it will work. Good luck and have fun with your project. Jesse
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