I was wondering if anyone has come across a similar situation, or had broader knowledge to help with the following autopilot
We have a Raymarine
installed a couple of years ago, with not that much usage, all of it infrequent day sailing
. The computer drives a below decks hydraulic B&G type2 blue linear drive
(all of this bought new/old stock over a period of time). The equipment
has a marginal number of hours on it.
Yesterday we manage to get out on the water
(second time this season), and while the wind
and waves were a bit more than what a 4 year old could handle comfortably (20 kts apparent, some chop; the boat
is a 38 ft sloop
, long keel
, spade rudder
, about 14000 lbs, long overhangs, going on 50 yrs of age), we're after all in the Long Island Sound
, so I wouldn't call it extreme sailing or anything. We were making way under genoa
alone, close to the wind
, and the autopilot was managing well. Good and steady and wet; feet in the water
and happy smiles.
Then we turned around as the wind picked up a bit, rolled the genoa
in a little, started the engine
just in case, and headed back. And here the autopilot tripped the breaker (30A, sized as per manual). Yes, following seas, boat
not balanced and all, but again - we're in the Sound, and it's not howling (still 20 kts apparent, we are under half genoa and no main, and motor-sailing). I reset the breaker, tried to engage the pilot, and it tripped the breaker again. I tried again for good measure, with same result.
After we were back in calm water, and the wind died down some, I again reset the breaker, engaged the pilot, and it seemed to work
. But earlier it kept tripping the breaker, and I can't say I was struggling with the steering
at all as I had to steer manually. Nothing this boat (and at least some of us on the boat) hadn't handled before.
What could be going wrong, and how/what should I troubleshoot?
Many thanks, fair winds, and calm seas.