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Re: Care and feeding of a Benmar 14B Autopilot
It's a pretty bullet proof system. A series of graduated transparent panes that get lighter (or darker, I don't remember) the farther from course it gets. As the compass rotates, the light passes through and more power goes to the motor to return the boat to course. Not like the new intuitive APs with all kinds of adjustments, but probably more dependable as it's a lot simpler.
If it's working, I'd just keep it clean and lubed and hope it lasts another half century. Maybe renew the electrical connections and wires, too, just on general purposes. Of course there's always, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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