Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
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I have had three different tillerpilots. #1 was a Navico, which worked fabulously for a couple of seasons and then began to become eratic. Navico could find no problem, but it got progressively worse so I replaced with an Autohelm 4000, which sometimes was great and other times eratic. Lightning killed that one, so I decided to try a Simrad (they bought Navico). It will be working perfect for hours and suddenly go hard over. If I disconnect the power and reconnect it is fine for a few hours and will act up again.
Reading accounts of Around Alone from Tim Kent I see he had stretches of difficulties with his. One other sailor suggested to me that this is the nature of the beast. Suggestions or ideas?