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Old 04-07-2011, 04:00   #1
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Beneteau Autopilot Failure

I have a friend cruising North Queensland in a 6 month old Beneteau 43 fitted with a Raymarine autopilot. He just sent me a photo of the broken bolt locking the steering arm to the rudder shaft and I was wondering if any other similar Beneteau owners had experienced this problem.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:21   #2
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

Who installed the autopilot? AFAIK this is not done by Beneteau but by the dealer at commissioning.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

Aloha and welcome aboard!
I hope you can get it sorted out.
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Old 15-07-2011, 20:44   #4
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

Usually aftermarket install after delivery to local dealer and before final pickup by owner.

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Re: RAYMARINE Autopilot Failure

Excuse me old son, but shouldn't the title of your post be "RAYMARINE AUTOPILOT FAILURE!?!". The make of the yacht has nothing to do with the make of the auto-pilot. (And the failure you describe is not uncommon for that product line/manufacturer.)
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Old 16-07-2011, 10:32   #6
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Re: RAYMARINE Autopilot Failure

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Excuse me old son, but shouldn't the title of your post be "RAYMARINE AUTOPILOT FAILURE!?!". The make of the yacht has nothing to do with the make of the auto-pilot. (And the failure you describe is not uncommon for that product line/manufacturer.)
It is a substantial bolt I cannot imagine it breaking. I think failure of the tiller arm, or the attachment point, would be much more common. These are usually dealer fitted so no really Beneteau fault but it doesn’t seem fair to blame Raymarine.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

I'm a little confused on the problem. The autopilot ram can either drive a separate arm on the rudder shaft or be connected to the quadrant. If a separate arm was installed, it probably was not done by Beneteau. In my Beneteau, the quadrant was beefed up with SS plates and the ram is connected to the quadrant by a bolt sticking up through the plates. This bolt sheared off after 20 years of fatigue, and I had a machine shop turn down a larger bolt so I now have 12mm diameter in shear instead of 10mm. The autopilot rams can push about 500kg, so there are some serious loads on the system.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

more i hear of raymarine/autohelm having failures the more i LOVE my simrad hdl unit.
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more i hear of raymarine/autohelm having failures the more i LOVE my simrad hdl unit.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

put a raymarine worm drive in ours conected to a Edson bronze arm and all in the Beneteau.....lot of different parts from different suppliers........
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

Thanks for the comments on the autopilot problem. You are correct that its an aftermarket installation and has now had a stainless pin installed and we will see how it goes but I am not confident that this is the solution. Its not my boat but a friend's who is currently cruising in North Queensland. I have a Coarsemaster on my yacht and never had a problem.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

Can you post a picture of the failed attachment point. ?
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

It sound like a Ray problem, not a Bene problem?

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more i hear of raymarine/autohelm having failures the more i LOVE my simrad hdl unit.

Don't gloat too much--it was the simrad supplied pin on my HDL2000 drive that failed.
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Re: Beneteau Autopilot Failure

IIRC, the ball joint on all Comnav A/Ps that I installed took a 5/8" pin.
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