Ok was sailing from St Augustine to Ponce inlet on the east coast
. Of course since this inlet is one of the worse marked (on my chart plotter) inlets around it was time for both my autopilot
finder the die. I resolved it was due to low battery
issues. I solved
at the dock
after a safe landing. But now i can't get the two heads to work
Systems are Autohelm
is a S/V Gulfstar
Back to the details. While sailing the autopilot just stopped working, the tri-data head
which was lonely working to show depth
went to all zeros.
On my battery
bank I found one of the 6 volt batteries
has a broken terminal so making erratic contact. I replaced the battery. and all systems show 12+ volts every where i put my multi-meter.
I turn both heads on and off with separate breakers in my main 12 volt panel. now when i turn them on i get a tone on each one. So I expect each has power, but no data on either head
. the tones don't stop till i turn off power.
I know these are very old systems. but they had been working great in the 16 months i have hand the boat
. I had a low power
problem months ago and the autopilot stopped working but came back when batteries
were charged. this time not so lucky.
Hoping there is some kind of reset options out there. when searching the net for old manuals
all i find is how to reset if a New PCB is installed. They say press standby for 13 seconds then start a reprogram process.
Hoping for some advice short of buying
all new. Both have worked great till this issue.