Originally Posted by hellosailor
zeehag, was there hydraulic power on your boat, or a dedicated pump to power just the simrad
? Hydraulics do some things very nicely, but the overhead of another "system" keeps them from being practical on most of our smaller boats.
I THINK MY SYSTEM, A SIMRAD
HDL2000, IS GOOOD FOR A 40 + FT BOAT , as is mine--heavy displacement
cruiser--- i believe the simrad hdl 300 is a unit for a smaller boat-- but i dont know what the efficiency would be-- for the smaller boat, i think the autohelm
guys do ok. but........
my simrad is the only hydraulic item on board and is self contained, mounted on a quadrant operated by a cable. uses barely any electricity. works like a horse. i love it. dont know what i would place on a smaller boat, such as my ericson
, for reliability
and efficiency--prolly the wheel
, but i have doubts with that system--too much experience with it, besides i am spoiled to bits by my simrad system.....