Most of the hydraulic systems I've seen tie into the hydraulic steering, and use a pump like this:
I agree a hydraulic unit would probably be more robust, since the seals can be made very strong, and the linear drive units tend to be a bit less dependable. I wasn't aware that Simrad had made a standalone hydraulic system that automatically cut the cylinder from the steering system when it wasn't operating.
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