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Hydraulic Autopilot Install Question
I'm planning on installing a new hydraulic below deck autopilot this winter to replace my ageing Raymarine wheel pilot. Every pump manufactures instruction manual I've read is for existing hydraulic steering, and not for mechanical systems like the Edson on my boat. Having never played with hydraulics before, I'm not too sure on what I need.
I'm looking at an Octopus pump 1012, and Teleflex cylinder with a 9" stroke. Besides hydraulic lines, what else do I need for this system? I think I can add a 1/4" reservoirs to the top of the valve set, but do I need a solenoid? What does the solenoid do?
Also, I need a 9" stroke for my system, but can get a good price on a unit with 11" stroke. Can I just run the cylinder with a 11" stroke (and larger pump) and limit its length with the Simrad computer?
1989 Sabre 34II Targa