I've recently encountered problems with my autohelm
that has me a little puzzled, I'm hoping there might be some mechanically inclined minds that could help me out.
We have a 18 ton, 44 foot Boden South Seas ketch
purchased second hand. The steering
system is completely hydraulic, with a T.M.Q series 2000 autopilot
, and a Octopus hydraulic pump. This system is (obviously) very old, but has worked problem free for the last two years. Recently the autohelm
stopped holding headings however. The pump is still operating, and it's still operating the rudder
, but it seems to have lost
it's ability to hold any sort of heading. Normally when this autopilot
is turned on it holds it's current
heading and gives you the option of changing headings left and right by 15 degrees without disconnection the system, now this function also allows us to do 360 degree turns. It seems to have completely lost
Before deciding on a new system, I'd like to be assured that there isn't an easy fix for this. My only thought is that possibly the compass
it receives it's information from (on top of the mizzen) is our problem. Any thoughts or idea would be appreciated.