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Old 21-09-2010, 01:03   #1
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Coursemaster Autohelm

Has anyone had any experience with the Coursemaster Autohelm as far as reliability and quality is concerned.
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Old 21-09-2010, 03:53   #2
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I have had one for 25 years with no problems at all. Have no experience of newer models but I believe they are well thought of. Regards, Richard
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Old 21-09-2010, 04:01   #3
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Thanks Richard. That is encouraging. I am looking at the Linear Hydraulic Ram model. Does your model use the Hydraulic Ram?
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Old 21-09-2010, 19:45   #4
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John, we drive the shaft that comes out of the rear of our Hydrive helm unit, via a chain. Our Coursemaster drives it through a large steering motor with an electric clutch on the sprocket.
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Old 21-09-2010, 20:35   #5
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Thanks Richard.
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Old 21-09-2010, 22:52   #6
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two weeks agoe fitted coursemaster 85i to boat.used old linear drive .was easy to install .have only used twice so far but am very impressed so far.keeps a very good course and is not running constantly like old robertson used to do so am saving power.
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Old 21-09-2010, 23:02   #7
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further to above ,coursemaster put there prices up a few months agoe.whitworths have passed on increase but as yet bias has not.after some arguing whitworths matched the price of bias, saved $300.00.
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Thanks for the info. I gather it is not working as hard because of the rate gyro. Are you using a Linear Hydraulic Ram?
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Old 22-09-2010, 03:46   #9
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yes using the old robertson linear hydraulic ram that was part of the old robertson auto pilot.found new cm85i so much easier to set up when switched on for first time than old robertson unit was ( had problems with old one and had to reboot once ).I have spoken to course master help line .technician was very helpful and in his words (we are here to help) so good customer support.
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You must of spoken with Paul from Coursemaster. I also found him very helpful. It is so important to get good support and back up service.
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Re: Coursemaster Autohelm

I have cm85i and I think it's the most useless autopilot I've ever come across. It's even marginal if you can call it an autopilot to be honest. It will not apply more than 10deg of helm when it's off course. Sometimes it alarms off course but is applying helm in the wrong direction. If anyone wants to purchase a cm85i contact me please.


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