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Autohelm ST 6000 Control head

Hi, I have an Autohelm ST6000 autopilot fitted and it works fine. however,if the control head housing mounted just forward of the wheel gets the slightest knock, the auto pilot locks, an alarm goes off and the control head screen goes blank. I have identified that the issue is within the control head and not the connectors on the leads coming from it.

Does anyone have any ideas on this and whether this is repairable or where I could get it repaired/replaced?

I believe Raymarine no longer support this 90's model.

Any advice would be gratefully received!

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Repairable. Sounds like a loose connection internally. Can you do any soldering? It isn't that hard. If not find a local college that has an electronics course to do the hard stuff and buy him a case of beer. Even a decent TV/ AV repair guy can do it.

As it isn't factory repairable, pop it open carefully. Gently pull on any wiring that you see. If it's loose, fix it up. Look at the tracks on the circuit boards. If you see a corroded track it may disconnect when the case is bumped due to flexing. Bypass those sections by soldering a wire from point to point. Buy a small can of conformal coating at Radio Shack (or other electronicsc source) to recover afterwards.
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Thanks Patrick.

Believe me when I say that this was just the sort of response I was looking for!

I will get it sorted in accordance with your advice.

Again, Many thanks for that.
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Thanks Patrick.

Believe me when I say that this was just the sort of response I was looking for!

I will get it sorted in accordance with your advice.

Again, Many thanks for that.
Not a problem! It just sounds hard and it'll impress your slipmates when you tell them you did it yourself.
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