Originally Posted by Dsanduril
The Raymarine version (at least the ones I went through) were steel
reinforced. If you can get to the bearing shop, see if they can find the Kevlar reinforced version. I went through 2 or three of the Raymarine version before I got smart, it's been years and I'm still on the original of the Kevlar versions. If I can get down to the boat
I'll see if I can find the part #, but it was pretty standard at the bearing shop.
Thanks for these details ... that would be great if you can tell me the part# as I just installed the new autopilot
and I rather not taking the helm
part apart just to see the belt number inside (plus that would be the original steel reinforced). I agree with you that getting the Kevlar version would be better.
The belt on my old Autohelm
ST3000 lasted forever but it would be dumb to not have a spare in case it breaks on a long passage! In fact, I probably will try to buy a spare used autopilot ... just in case. Generally just by having spare parts
, you will never need them