In short I'm sure I'm not the only one who after purchasing
vessel, found out the autopilot
The system put on in the late 90's..had very limited usage..The unit a rather powerful "Navico PH 8000'..pretty well suited for my boat 23,000 lbs..I don't want to purchase
an entire new system..."Money doesn't grow on trees"..
The hydraulic system looks to be in absolute new condition..the fittings hoses etc..ie the Hydraulic pump and lift
Actuater...look in pristine condition..tucked away in watertight..weather tight area.
The specific problem is this..The electronic core pack
.The power goes ino the connector from battery
...but doesn't come out same connector to actuate the pump....I did as manual procedure..By pass and direct power to pump...worked fine..so the hydraulic system as suspected seems to be fine..
I took the panel off..brought it to a friend who professionally fixes motherboards..Overall view..corrosion factor on motherboard..ran circuit test..replaced some transistors etc..but no luck..when I hooked up pump wire to board....no power on circuit
So I guess the P8000A Electronic core
pack is shot..
Of course I did not get far enough to see If The heading sendor unit is working..or the feedback unit or control unit are working..since they are actuated by electronic core pack.
I called up and found out that Navico went out of business: Still Angry they make expensive Equipment and run...
On occasion I found that core pack selling on E Bay..?..Wondering forking out money
worth it..not cheap
.."Don't want to pee away money
if it doesn't work"...because I don't know then if...Feedback unit..Heading sending unit or control unit working...
plus I don't think I'm the only one with this situation..
I've gotten too close to the problem at this time to make a sound decision. regarding this matter..Therefore I'd like to hear from members who have or had experience with autopilots to comment..before I take a course of action