Originally Posted by O C Diver
I use my autopilot probably 99% of the time underway. Most of the time it's to run straight lines, but I also use it with the jog lever or a remote to simply steer as opposed to cranking the wheel by hand.
So I'm wondering what the life expectancy of the pump is in that kind of constant intermittent use? Mine (Robertson/ Simrad part of an AP20 system) is now 17 years old with around 3,500 hours on it. The system works flawlessly and couldn't imagine being without it. Looking for information from those who have had pump failures as to what failed and / or how long they lasted.
Ted, don't know the exact answer to your question but I have a similar pump (Robertson/Simrad era) with roughly the same amount of hours and it keeps chugging away. Now if I only had a more modern autopilot controller....