I have an older boat that I am restoring. It had an older pilot with a hydraulic ram and pump set. (Navico HP8000 I think). The older Navico
has not been hooked up yet but may work.
I did buy a Raymarine
SportPilot X5 that did a fine job on a trip down the Washington
coast. Not sure how much of a beating the Wheel
drive would take on a longer passage
At some point I'll see if the Navico
can be made to work. On to the questions.
I am assuming that one could manually drive the hydraulic pump with a switch so as to have an emergency
"tiller". It is on my list to test that out and if I like the way it works I'll wire it up so as to be able to do that. Is this commonly done?
Does anybody have any experience taking the motor
drive signal from a wheel
pilot like the X5 and using it to drive a hydraulic pump. Ether through a set of diodes and relays or an H-Bridge driver?
Of course one could buy a pilot designed for a pump. I was just wondering if anyone did a DIY on the X5 for more drive power. Could be a nice spare/ cheaper AP head