Sorry for digging up an (oldish) thread, but just took my boat out for the first time since installing the X5 and figured I'd add to this one rather then start a new one.
Here are my observations/notes
Installation was really easy. Hardest part I had was passing the wires through my pedestal guard, as there was already a bunch of wires going through it and not much space left. Aside from that no issues. I also manged to connect my Navman Wind instrument via NMEA with no issues, which was nice since this one doesn't seem to be too popular a brand. (It came with the boat
Overall installation time (and I'm no professional) was about 4-5 hours, at least 3 of which was spent passing cables through the pedestal guard.
Once my boat was in the water I performed the dockside calibration. I then took off for my marina which is about 4-5 hours away from where I store the boat in the winter. The manual says you need to perform a seatrial to calibrate the unit before oporation, and since 3/4 of my trip was in a river without enough room to do it, I planned on steering manually the entire way. The forecast for the day called for 15-20 knots of wind from the west (I was heading south) climbing to 25 knots in the afternoon. Waves around 3 feet at times. Unfortunately my only crew was my 12 year old little brother who has no sailing experience and my boat isn't really set up for single-handed sailing so I decided to motor the entire way
Like I said I had planned to steer by hand the whole way since I couldn't do the "at sea" calibration where you swing the compass, let the course computer learn your boats handling etc. Out of curiosity I decided to try and use the autopilot anyways, (at low speed) "just to see", figuring it would only take a second to disengage if it did something wrong. Well, even though it hadn't yet gone through autolearn and the compass was about 130 degrees off my actual course, it worked like a charm! Even with the boat rocking through the beam seas it kept us on course without any issues what-so-ever. I ended up using the autopilot almost the entire trip, just making adjustments to my course through the autopilot display.
I'd be totally happy with the units performance as is. I can only wait to see how well it will work when it's actually configured!
Anyways, that's my review so far, cya later!