Not sure all models are the same in this area so treat this as a 'heads up' but please check:-
Those who are following my progress on our re-fit (for want of a better word) will know i've built a Port-side Helm
station to make things a bit easier docking
Ok today i've been busy withdrawing the Teleflex cables
from the inside helm
position to be replaced with much shorter units to connect to the stern mounted helm.
However I've noticed that the tie beam (approx 50mm ally tubing) that connects steering
tiller to steering
tiller passes below a fibreglass box that houses the Life-raft externally. Please note photo's below, in these photo's you will notice the tie-bar is sagging around one inch/25mm.
It is actually rubbing quite hard on the fibreglass, the only adjustment i can find is to try to slip the ally tiller arms on the rudder
posts down a little. Friction like this works the Auto-pilot harder and wears both the tube and glass away, upon reflection we have noticed a vibration, more so when the engines were idling i believe this was it.
Our boat was virtually unused when we purchased it 9 months ago, it's not been fiddled with so it's a factory error.
Please do yourself a favour and check, it may save you some grief.