I have never owned a boat with hydraulic steering
, but an autopilot
system that drives a hydraulic pump would mean that a failure of the hydraulic system (leak etc) would disable all steering
. Not ideal.
Perhaps I missing something, but I don't see a hydraulic system as a plus from the point of view of installing an autopilot
My 3 fold steering
system is quite bullet proof
1.... Mechanical chain and cable for outside steering on large wheel
for good feedback
2 ..... Electric
Hydraulic pump and ram to a Ball joint on steering quadrant for autopilot control at both steering stations.
3...... Pilothouse hand steering wheel
drives a manual hydraulic pump. takeover switch for a bypass solenoid isolates the need for the Electric pump
while autopilot remains on standby