Originally Posted by b-rad
Im looking to replace my autohelm 3000
. Have a line on a autohelm
4000 and a simrad
wp32 Both are in good condition and priced similarly.
My only concern with either is whether the ring will clear my pedestal mounted throttle. Any body have a prefrence for one or the other or used one or the other with pedestal controls?
I've owned an Autohelm 3000, and used an Autohelm 4000 and destroyed both. I don't know anything about the Simrad WP32.
The autohelm 3000 uses an undampened fluxgate compass
which is held in place by small plastic pivot points that can break. Makes for a most interesting course as the pilot tries to follow the fluxgate
that is rolling around inside the little black box. It steered fine for my 33' boat up to that point.
The autohelm 4000 uses plastic drive gears and the latch lever that disengages the pilot can break/fail. When the latch fails to disengage from the wheel
ring the plastic gears will not disengage and the gears start to grind themselves to death - we watched plastic dust fall out of the wheel-mount ring on a passage
and then the unit finally stopped making nasty grinding noises and was absolutely no value after that.
So I avoid Autohelm at all cost.