Hi guys, the unit shown is not it. However that is the updated version. I contacted Monitor, after reviewing the link you posted, and got quit an education from a wonderful lady who was extremely helpful.
I'll share what I learned. Per Monitor, this unit I purchased is a pre unit, likely 24/30 years old. " remarkable shape, for the age" it's frame is heavy gauge aluminum and black in color. My unit can be used as a two part system, like the pic in the link, or this one has the ability to connect to the frame as a single
unit, if the boats stern and rails will allow.
During my recent education I learned that " generally" the Monitor WILL NOT work on a hydraulic, steering
system. My Hallberg RASSY
has a hydraulic system. " their is away to make it work" but it's complicated.
However this AUTOHELM
system WILL work on the hyd, steering
system. I also learned that this AUTOHELM
, actually uses the systems rudder
, not the boats rubber, which clears extra lines out, in the cockpit
This makes sense, as I've spent days looking on the net for a pic of a Hallberg RASSY 33 with a monitor in place, did not find one, which I thought was odd, but now makes sense.
Back to this AUTOHELM. This particular unit is currently in the one piece configuration, with the wind
vane" which is aluminum" fits down into a post about five inches forward of the rudder post.
The vane, uses two small braided lines that run thru the center hollow, post and attach to the trim tab, one on each side of the tri. Tab. The trim tab, responded directionally to the wind
, placing force on the trim tab, causing the secondary unit rudder to move as applicable.
Frankly this system is simplistic in construction, but very solid. I actually just set it up in my front yard to better understand the autohelms operation. Their are no gears, or fancy top secret parts
, the wind blows on the vane, the vane leans left or right, the small cable linking the vane to the trim tab forces the unit rudder to stay the course.
I hope this makes sense, it does to me. Anyways I'm a fng, on the ocean so my learning
curve is and will be steep.
Monitor did state that should I decide to go with a monitor, they will purchase
this system for roughly double what I paid for it, as a trade
in, a very generous opportunity, if I thought the monitor would work easily without major changes on my boat
I've decided to stay with this unit, as I picked it up for a very reasonable price
. The simplicity of the system and the need for only a couple spares make it attractive, to me. A few stainless bolts washers, and nuts and some braided line and that's it.
Thank you for your input.