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Old 19-09-2018, 01:52   #1
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Autopilot Drive Unit

Hi Guys,

Looking to replace a very aged looking drive unit for our autopilot.

The boat is a 13,000 Kg Hood 38. Currently has a Raymarine EV400 with a old looking Hydraulic linear drive unit.

Should I be looking to a mechanic linear or hydraulic linear?

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Re: Autopilot Drive Unit

I guess it would be good to know firstly what type to get, but also what brand?
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Re: Autopilot Drive Unit

With hydraulic brand doesn't matter, the pump just acts on the current sent to it from the control unit, it doesn't have any fancy electronics. It's just a simple reversing pump attached to a ram.

You can always go the way of separates and get a hydraulic pump and separate ram. That might offer more mounting options.
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Re: Autopilot Drive Unit

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Hi Guys,

Looking to replace a very aged looking drive unit for our autopilot.

The boat is a 13,000 Kg Hood 38. Currently has a Raymarine EV400 with a old looking Hydraulic linear drive unit.

Should I be looking to a mechanic linear or hydraulic linear?

Cheers

AG

Could it be that your old drive is a Lecomble & schmitt ? They offer rather inexpensive repair/maintenance kits. For your boat the model would probably be a 40ST16.
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