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Old 08-09-2011
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Lightbulb X-5 autopilot notes

Yesterday we did the "Learning" final step for the new AP and it Passed.
It is interesting to turn the control over to the AP and let it wander the boat in both directions while doing this. Took two tries when we started running out of room on one side of the river the first time. You really do need about a quarter mile of open water, front and both sides when commencing this part.

Looking back, the oddest part of the install was the need to reverse the polarity for the power to the motor drive. Our dealer said we might have to do this and he was right. Another boat in our moorage found the same problem when he did the same install a month ago. The Raymarine book is informative otherwise, but this should have been covered better.

Cheers,
LB

ps: I would have reported back sooner, but I lost a week on some pesky engine maintenance stuff what resulted in a whole new entry on my blog over at EY.org. (Sigh...)

pps: our boat is a 34 foot sloop that displaces about 11K pounds in light-load trim, if that helps anyone interpreting AP specs.

Last edited by olson34; 08-09-2011 at 06:48 PM.
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