Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Raymarine Rudder Angle Sensor

Raymarine Rudder Angle Sensor
This unit feeds back the rudder angle to the course computer on my Raymarine ST-6000 autopilot system. When the rudder was repaired in Sailcraft Service in Oriental the sensor was damaged when the rudder was re installed. In all fairness to Sailcraft I don't know if it was their fault or mine. After I left the yard I discovered that the electric autopilot was not working. Since I had just emptied my wallet at Sailcraft I decided to continue on to Virginia Beach and troubleshoot there.

When I arrived in JEB Little Creek Fort Story it was clear that the sensor had been spun out of its range breaking it. It was time to get it repaired. Since repair service at Raymarine can take a very long time, particularly in the summer, I opted to purchase a new sensor while I waited for the original to be repaired. My reasoning was that it was good to have a spare of this unit as the autopilot would not work without it. Last night and early this morning I finalized the replacement and got the autopilot working again.

Fair winds and following seas :)

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