Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Hydraulic Linear Drive.
Germain Jean-Pierre <jgermain@...>
Hello Gulls and Guys,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I installed a Lecombe & Schmidt hydraulic self priming drive ( better quality than the Ray equiv unit) coupled to a Raymarine AC 400 system. It was not very successful at first because of the poor engineering, quality control and installation done in TK.
However, the results after 2 engineering changes and many thousand miles have proven it reliable and in my opinion more supple and subtle, hence easier on the boat than a comparable electric drive which steers the boat by “0” and “1” rather than a smooth change; in fact, the electric unit is only used occasionally to verify its’ serviceability. However, the installation of a hydraulic drive in an early SM enforces a regime of “remove the rudder bellcrank” to verify and tighten the rudder shaft nylon nut because one cannot get the tool under the modified bellcrank to tighten it while at sea. (Lose all steering if done… think of putting the boat in “irons” before removing the bellcrank. Hence the “regime" described earlier….
Unfortunately, I am now in Europe visiting friends and never took photos of the installation…
If you are interested in photos and parts list, I will be back on the boat on 15 Sep…
SY Eleuthera, SM 007