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Anyone familiar with the Autohelm 3000 unit? It has a manual compass on it. I can't seem the get the compass to calibrate. There are two lights on either side of the compass. Instructions say that both lights turn off when compass is calibrated. I can't get it to the point that both lights are off.
Any suggestions or experience with this type of unit?

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Re: autohelm 3000

I'll be dismantling my old one over the next couple of days to see if I can get it working again, maybe I'll discover something

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Re: autohelm 3000

Not to hijack the thread but I've been having issues with mine also. It works great for about 10 minutes then out of the blue it just starts turning starboard and keeps turning starboard. I've read somewhere for a fix for this but cannot locate it again. Already had the unit apart once, no obvious problems, cleaned the board and reassembled.

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Re: autohelm 3000

I would suggest contacting Dan Gerhardt. C250@mydurango.net.
He fixed mine.
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Another vote for Captain Dan here. He repaired my unit and replaced a faulty compass. It is now working fine. I hope he is still working on these units.

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Re: autohelm 3000

Similar experiences. My seemed to work fine on a single heading first time I used it. Now it keep turning, won't accept a new heading and /or compass is just way off!
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Re: autohelm 3000

I'm bringing back an old thread. There are several threads out there with the same issue. I finally relocated this post from another site. Autohelm 4000 Intermittently Dives Port or Starboard - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
Just soldered my board up. Will fill you in in about a week or two and let you know if the repair was successful.
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Re: autohelm 3000

Ok, tested the autohelm after the soldering repairs. I have mixed results. The unit is usable now but not 100% fixed. Was able to sail using the unit for about an hour. Kept the course perfect then started turning starboard again. Reset everything and tried it again sailed for about another hour then it started turning port. That was a first, it had always turned starboard before and would only last for 5 to 10 mins before screwing up.
I will keep tinkering with it and post any updates if I have anymore success. I know I'm not the only one here with this issue. Just happy to have a useable autohelm now.

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Re: autohelm 3000

Shoot son an email he still works on the old auto helm stuff just repaired our 5000 in February heck an email don't cost anything to see if he has any pearls of wisdom to share

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Shoot son an email he still works on the old auto helm stuff just repaired our 5000 in February heck an email don't cost anything to see if he has any pearls of wisdom to share
Well shoot son. What did he charge ya?

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