Overnight sail and our newly installed linear drive
worked perfectly in fresh weather
. 20kn gusting 30kn
Put it on 'standby' to motor
into anchorage and clutch
would not disengage.
My wife wrestled with the steering
until I was able to physically disconnect the drive from the quadrant.
This is a very dangerous failure.
Pulled the drive apart and found small score marks on the clutch
faces where the clutch had slipped and stuck.
Used fine sand paper to smooth off the surfaces and now the drive and the clutch work fine.... for the moment.
Also found pressure marks on the rudder
stops where the drive has been hard over.
The clutch will only slip when the load on the helm
is too great for the drive, right?
I didn't think we drove the boat too hard during the night. But at the beginning we did have a round up before reducing sail.
It could have slipped & scored at that time and then stuck later.
This is a new installation
I want to avoid this recurring. I would appreciate any advice or info re similar experiences.