Originally Posted by blubaju
Had both, 10 years hydraulic, now 12 dyneema
pull-pull, autopilot motor
jefa pancake. I'd never go back. The jefa, all metal planetary gear
inside, has a build-in clutch
. AP off and you have "full feel". Dyneema
easy and quick repair
, but never needed. Hydraulic fine for the mechanical parts
but the copper tubes developed pin holes after 10 years. No "tie rod" each rudder
is directly controlled from helm
. Break one, the other is still fine. Other point is weight, we made the quadrants in carbon and dyneema 6mm floats anyway. GOal: use the lightest possible equipment
as on a live-on cruising boat
you carry far to much stuff anyway. In other words, I go for dyneema, her Admiralty invests in a pressure cooker ;-)
is the best you can do, for sure. Also an extremely difficult install. If you have the time to figure out all the routing and where to put all the pulleys, you can’t get better than this method.
I went hydraulic after looking at this method as the alternative. Just didn’t have enough time to do it this way.