A friends auto pilot on his Hunter
31 has been acting up so I gave it a look and here's what I found.. From underneath in the after quarter berth, under the center post onto which the helm
is mounted, there is a channel with a bunch of wires going up through it.. These are power wires for GPS
, and stuff which is no longer connected..
But I see another channel (in the very middle of the post) through which the wire rope cables
between his helm
and the steering
pulleys pass.. In this same channel the wire which (ultimately) goes to the ring on the helm and the auto pilot's control panel
While there does not appear to be any wear on the wire from rubbing on the wire rope
for the steering
, I am thinking this can't be a good long term channel in which to run the auto pilot wire..
Other than whoever installed the unit just being lazy, is there a technical reason for the wire to run in the same channel as the steering cables
?? I surely can't think of any but just wanted to throw it out.. No, I am sorry I don't have the name of model number of the auto pilot, but it seems simple enough.. It gets its info from a Garmin GPS
400.. Any thoughts before we disassemble the helm station and re-run the wire??
Thanks in advance.. flk