Another question for the Amel "old timers". This one about the steering system.
Does anyone have a link to technical information about the system used? In Harmonie's reasonably complete paperwork from her commissioning I can't find anything. After keeping the water out of the boat, making sure I can keep steering it the way I want to go is a close second in priority. I have two specific questions:
Is any maintenance required? Lubrication? Adjustment? etc?
How much, if any, "play" should there be in the system between the wheel and the rudder?
Right now I would guess there is something like 0.25º of rudder angle play. Barely enough to feel when hand steering, but when using the chain-drive AP motor it spends more time hunting back and forth for the commanded rudder angle than I would like to see.
In the kind of cable and pulley systems I am used to this much wiggle would be indicative of very loose and sloppy cables. On this enclosed pull-pull system I am not sure...
Thanks for any guidance you can give.
On the hard Fort Lauderdale, FL