I hope this is the right forum and I can get some advice. I posted this before but I believe the wrong forum
I just purchased a Raymarine
EV4000 sail pilot with a M81202 hydraulic autopilot
and ram drive system, based on what was recommended for a boat my size with hydraulic steering
After receiving the package, I read the manual and it specifically says 'for mechanical steering
tells me this is a stand alone system and works independent of the present steering
. The hydraulic piston is mounted on the opposite side of the steering
piston. For some reason that doesn't sound right. The steering
piston can move the AP piston, but can the AP piston move the steering piston.
I know the AP has a clutch
so when not powered up it's in idle so the steering cylinder can push against the AP cylinder.
If anyone has a similar set-up I'd like to know how it works.
S/V Blythe Spirit