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Listen carefully to the motor noises. Two days ago, beating in heavy seas, my AH800 quit steering, though I could hear the motor running and so on.
Opened it up later and the drive belting was OK, but a cog mounted on the motor shaft was able to turn freely. This is hard to spot, as the motor shaft is shiny and hard to turn by hand.
I guess they had superglued it at the factory, there was a kind of crust on the shaft after I slid it apart. Maybe the shaft overheated, maybe the torque was just too much.
I will reglue it after scraping off the residue. Thought about installing a setscrew, but I will try this first. Perhaps today's superglue is better. Acetone scrub first, as well.
28 ft Southern Cross cutter "SIRIUS" Penobscot Bay