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Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Additionally, the installer made the mistake of installing to the rudder post rather than the steering quadrant. We finally replaced the system with a HYDRAULIC autopilot which was the only way to go for a boat our size (50 feet, 25 tons). [/QUOTE]

I'm not sure how it could be connected to the post directly. Some kind of bolt on lever maybe?

I sort of remember the hydraulic unit giving you some trouble also. Was it much more reliable? Did it fail also? What brand was it.
I'm think all off us future voyages would be interested in what works and what doesn't work as auto helm failures seem to be a pattern in many off-shore stories.

As for the scuba tank air system, what brand or model did you get? How long did it take to fill a tank?
It sounds like it really added to the enjoyment of the boat?
How deep did you typically go? I'm asking because I'm wondering if a Hooka unit would have been just as useful most of the time?

For our benefit would you mind mentioning gear by brand and model that performed well or poorly and why.
There is nothing like 6 years of real experience.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

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