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Old 22-10-2009, 14:00   #1
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Cetrek 701 AP Problem

Thank you for your welcome Pblais. It's good to be onboard.
My wife and I have just purchased our first, and hopefully our last Motor Yacht. She is a Trader 39, first registered in 1980, is called 'Carlina' and we are so pleased to have her. She is in exceptional condition with her previous owner spending a lot of money on her. Now obviously a boat of this age is going to have some problems, and one that I am hoping that members of this forum may be able to help is with the problem I am having with the Cetrek 701 autopilot. The problem is that when you have set the AP and switched it on all that happens is that rudders go hard to port and turning the boat in circles. I know that some old AP asked the boat to do a 360 degree circle to establish a set up, but this is certainly not the case with our AP. So with that in mind is there anybody on the forum who has had any experiences with the Cetrek 701 and experienced similar.
Any help and input would be very much appreciated.
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Old 23-10-2009, 19:11   #2
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I don't have the answer but welcome aboard! I'm certain someone here can help and you might want to post your specific question in a different thread.
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Old 24-10-2009, 04:05   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Ian.

Some old Cetrek Manuals are available here
http://www.dockyardelectrics.com/Cet...rekmanuals.htm

The “Service Centre:” folks are reputed (I cannot personaly vouch for them) to be Cetrec experts:

The Service Centre ➥ The Service Centre, Marine Electronic Service, repair and service of equipment
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Tel: +44 1929 554503
Fax: +44 1929 554559

For others in North America:

Weeks Marine
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Cay Electronics
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Dean Electronics
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Old 26-10-2009, 06:35   #4
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Smile Cetrek 701 problem.

Thank you Gordmay for your help and information.

The contact you gave me in the UK was most helpful and we think that between us we can come up with a suitable solution.

Thanks again

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Cetrek 701

Hello Ian,

May be my own AP is the same as yours.

If one of the relays or transitors of the output circuit to the pump is
in short-cuicuit, the helm will be propulsed at the maximum angle to
port ... if you have the same box as me, I will explain how to repair
your own.

See this photo

And send me an answer at amgsr@aol.com
If no matching, I will known than mine is not a 701
Thank you in advance

Pardon my english ...
Have a nice day

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Cetrek 701 AP Problem

Hello Tryphon

Thank you for taking the trouble to try to help with my Cetrek 701 AP problem.


I must say, that what you have described with regard to your own AP seems very much like the problem I am experiencing with mine.


However I will not be able to send you any pictures of my system until I return from my boat on the 19th. January 2010. You see I actually live in England, and my yacht is moored in Benalmadena Spain and I will not be visiting again until the 1st. January.

I will have a look at the control box of my AP to compare with the picture you have sent me. I will also take several pictures of what my control box actually looks like and send them to you on my return from Spain.

Again, I thank you very much for your help and assistance.

Kind regards.

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Ok Ian,

At the time I will receive your pictures, I will be happy to help you to 'tele-repair' your AP ...

This is a so old that it can be repaired with just a multimeter and a soldering-iron ...
All news AP are unable to be repaired but just changed for a new one ...

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Re: Cetrek 701 AP Problem

Hi All,
My Fisher 34 Wight Mistresshas a Cetrek 701 auto pilot and I have now had the same problem a second time.
The first time one of the little 'pea' lamps in the rudder repeater unit had failed and it gave a permanent turn one way. Replacing the lamp is a tad fiddly but it did fix the problem that time. On the way back across the English Channel from Alderney last week, the problem came up again. We hand-steered the last 60 miles and on getting home, the first thing I check for was a duff lamp. This time, no dice. I am just getting into the problem and have the luxury of 100% spares AND the tech manual. If anyone here would like a copy in PDF I will gladly scan it in and email it for you. Sadly the Cetrek factory burned down a few years ago, taking (it seems) all their documentation and spares in the process. Happy to help if I can. By the way I just noticed how old this string is, so I hope all actions were taken at the time, but I am still happy to help
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