New Autopilot Installation in an Old Boat
Last year I bought a Golden Star 35 with Capilano hydraulic steering. I plan to install a Garmin GHP20 w/SmartPump autopilot when the weather improves. The hydraulic lines are all ˝” o.d. copper tubing, except for 2 short flexible hoses connecting the Uniflow valve with the ram. The technical team at Garmin tells me they don’t recommend plumbing the SmartPump in to the system using ˝” copper tubing simply because they’ve never done it. They also say that the built-in technology of the SmartPump, however, will compensate for any problem encountered within the system, once properly plumbed. Does anyone have experience with steering hydraulics who could weigh-in on this subject?