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Autohelm ST4000 Mk1

I have discovered that two of the 22 plastic gears in the gearbox of my ST4000 are stripped.  Apparently Raymarine does not support the product.  My gears have 14 teeth and outside diameter of 9mm.  Does anyone know where I can find a couple of these gears?

Ian Lawrie
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C-36, 1992, Hull #1201
Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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Ian Lawrie
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Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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Too bad that Raymarine can't help.

Here's a possible option. Purchase some modeling clay. Coat the gear with some vasoline and push it into the clay. Make a wooden dowel or shaft to the right size and insert into the gear's hub after coating it with vasoline. Sandwich the clay with gear between two hard surfaces-blocks of wood or metal plates. Push the clay from the sides into the gear to create the best possible mold. You will have to experiment to get the technique. Carefully remove the gear. With the gear impression in the clay, and some artistic creativity with small tools, you may be able to restore some of the damage from gear stripping. Leave the dowell/shaft in place. Pour 2 part epoxy into the mold and let it cure. The vasoline will act as a mold release from the shaft, and the clay can be scraped of the epoxy gear if nead be. (Clay contains oil, so it may freely release the gear.) Carefully Sand paper the gear defects to finish.

A more precise gear copy can be made from 2 part pour-a-mold silicone. (You'll have to construct a small mold box). The silicone will not stick to the gear, so no mold release will be needed.  Do a google search, and you will find some suppliers that sell these mold products to modelers. 

The last option I can think of is to 3D print the gear if you can find a CAD drawing and someone with a 3D printer, which have become fairly popular. 

Have you tried Ebay to locate an old unwanted Autohelm 4000?

Good luck. 

Good luck.


Paul & Wendy Keyser
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I own a metal lathe and have a rotary table. I'd cut a new gear from plastic if mine.
Another option is try to find a used ST4000 and take two to make one.
Finally, before I owned a lathe I took a gear to a machine shop and they made it for me. But that can get expensive. This was a specialty piece of machinery I could justify the cost. A small plastic gear, probably hard to justify a machine shop.
Good luck.

Mark Thomas
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Search for "I3dgear" on the internet. He fabricates parts with a 3D printer. He made a tensioning wheel for our Autohelm 4000 just before this last Christmas. The part looks great, i have not had a chance to reassemble it to prove it's effectiveness but if its looks are any indicator it will be great. Maybe he can make the part you need.

Mark T.
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Yes, in answer to your question, we already have those planetary gears designed and 3D printed and for sale, plus almost every other unavailable part for the Autohelm 4000 autopilot.  They have been tested on dozens of autopilots worldwide and work very well.  You can find them on our website at i3DGear.com


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I just want to add a positive note on 'I3D Gear'. We built our Raymarine ST 4000  last season using their gears and wheels and things worked out very well. I'd suggest your reviewing the following Youtube video before starting. ​
You should replace the belt while you are at it; Obtain it from Polybelt in Clifton, NJ (Probably on e-bay) $20.00
We found that we needed a gear puller to remove the steering wheel. It was quickly borrowed from on of the local auto parts stores.
Also, take a magic marker and mark the location of where the clips attach to the spokes of the steering wheel. It will make re-assembly much easier.
If you have all the parts, it's about an hours worth of work.

Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; Port Charlotte, FL
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