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Autohelm 4000 Wheelpilot

Does anyone know when the Autohelm 4000 went out of production? I have a chance to buy one used. Will it interface with a GPS?

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We had an autohelm 4000 wheel pilot on our previous boat and it interfaced with our CMap chart plotter.
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Becasue it was a cheap piece of ****, very poorly manufactured.
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Becasue it was a cheap piece of ****, very poorly manufactured.
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I believe the Autohelm 4000 is still manufactured by Raytheon..
As a blue water sailor, having sailed full time during 13 years, and most of the time single handed.. my auto-pilote was a very important piece of gear..
On my 12 meters/14 tons ketch, I had a ST4000 W Autohelm pilote which did the steering about 90% of he time..

and I have ALWAYS been very satified with it
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Rayetheon now calls their wheel pilot the ST1 for this model year. ST4000 was still available as of last year, and I would doubt that parts would be a problem.
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Exactly my point, thanks for making it. The AH 400 had such a bad reputation, the manufacturer had to change the name, it had many plastic parts that were not UV stabilized which ultimately failed, the displays were not well sealed and the buttons failed on a regular basis, I know of MANY sailors that gave this auto pilot the deep six and switched to the Navico unit and never looked back. Run don’t walk away from the Autohelm.
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Exactly my point, thanks for making it. The ST 4000 had such a bad reputation, the manufacturer had to change the name, it had many plastic parts that were not UV stabilized which ultimately failed, the displays were not well sealed and the buttons failed on a regular basis, I know of MANY sailors that gave this auto pilot the deep six and switched to the Navico unit and never looked back. Run don’t walk away from the Autohelm.
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chris1514,

Not too familiar with the ST4000, but our ST6000 (installed in 1999) is interfaced with a Raytheon chartplotter and has not let us down. It appears to be a solid unit, but our steering is hydraulic, with dual helm stations. So, the mechanicals are protected from weather.

You may find the interface information you need to make a decision here -

http://www.raymarine.com/raymarine/S...T4000Wheel.pdf

It's a 79 page pdf manual for the (retired) Raytheon ST4000.
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Denr is exactly right. The ST4000 was a poorly designed POS. By the time I finally got rid of mine, I had practically re-manufactured it with so many improvised repairs.
However, my replacement, ST4000 MK II, was completly redesigned. I've had it about 5 years now & so far so good. No offshore voyages, just coastal, but very reliable.

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what is the difference between the 4000 and the MKII? I just bought one and wanted to make sure I got the MKII.
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