well this has been interesting. I was not able to recreate the problem however after contacing Garmin they said it was the ECU controller and sent me a new one. I tested it for a few months before taking off on a trip not long ago. So on the trip the until performed well in rough and calms seas.
Fast forward to the other day and I'm on the boat showing somone the systems. They are curious about the autopilot
so I turn it on, engage it and ...nothing. The pump runs but the ram doesn't engage.
I check the wiring
.. fine, voltage, good.. fluid, good.
So I call garmin again with the exact opposite problem now. The ram won't engage. So after speaking with a nice rep, who really doesn't know squat, he says he needs to talk wiht an engineer
. Ok. He calls me back and told me the engineer
feels it's the clutch
on the drive unit. Btw, the entire system is made by Hypro out of the UK and it's a HS50.
So the nice autopilot rep tells me "pull it all out and send it in for repair". All of it? Yes. Ok so how much I ask. He tells me $1,300. WHAT!?? A new until is $2,300 and has a 2 year warranty. The warranty I get on this repaired unitl would be..... 90 days. btw, my until was installed in 2011 so it's 2 years out of warranty.
Pissed.... furious. yup and yup. I'm ready to tear out all the garmin stuff.
But I was able to contact Hypro in the UK and will await their answer. It looks like the clutch
is easily (relative term) replaceable without removing everything.
I'll update as I hear more.