Ive been using my L450 with the Ultraflex quite a lot between sailing, and of course docking
manouvers since March. When the boat was delivered the first UF Shifter fault was that the motor
was still engaged when the shifter was in neutral. This was repaired onsite (linkage settings) and the following week another fault occurred: when shifter first engaged the engine
would not engage - it needed the next notch up to engage - this was not a linkage issue. The agent then had the complete shifter replaced - this was done last week, so not a lot of history
yet on this replacement. I have however kept the slight faulty one in my possession as this is mission critical equipment
and I want the spare until I have confidence that this new one works correctly. An argument developed but possession is 9/10ths the law!
I have ordered a spare UF PowerA Actuator. While I have not had any issues yet with the actuators I felt I needed to have one available (even though I have a 2 yr warranty).
I have not done a lot of cockpit steering
with the Raymarine AP shifter and throttles and to be honest I dont expect that I will. The method that I sail, the place to manage, steer and operate your boat is the at the helm
station, not inside enjoying tea when sailing. However I like the equipment
redundancy it offers.
The 450 is a cruising boat and due to its exposed helm position will never be a true bluewater craft. Having said that, we intend to take it across oceans and no double it will see weather
and you will find me at the helm and not indoors when the winds howl. Im settled with this compromise - along with oilers and goggles!
S/V Emerald Sea