Mine did the same thing you described last summer and it ended up being a low battery. I had it connected to just one battery and sailed a lot without running the engine on a week long trip. Initially I suspected metal near the fluxgate compass but after moving anything suspicious my buddy suggested low battery. He was right! Duh... I didn't realize the autohelm drew significant amps. So now I know...
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Last edited by Joesaila; 12-21-2008 at 11:04 AM.