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I have really tried all settings of rudder gain and response. Lower settings will result in an off-course alarm, then the unit will continue to pump the helm on every wave but will not apply helm to stay on course. The problem is that the sensitivity of the gyro is far too large and can not be adjusted.
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We currently use an S-1 with a rudder sensor rather than a gyro.. previously had the ST4000 - neither control well in a seaway, esp with a lively,responsive boat.

We use ours to stay on course for dousing/setting sail, and for long motoring legs. If we're sailing I like to steer - and can do a much better job.
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I had teh Raymarine Smart Pilot installed last summer, and everything works as expected, except once in a while when the weather is hot. Then the unit shuts down without warning. I can put it back on, but it keeps shutting off.
When things cool down later in the day/evening, it's fine. Oonly happens when th etemp is over about 85degs.
Must be something wrong with the wiring, but I can't figure it out, and neither can the yard. Any ideas?
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I had teh Raymarine Smart Pilot installed last summer, and everything works as expected, except once in a while when the weather is hot. Then the unit shuts down without warning. I can put it back on, but it keeps shutting off.
When things cool down later in the day/evening, it's fine. Oonly happens when th etemp is over about 85degs.
Must be something wrong with the wiring, but I can't figure it out, and neither can the yard. Any ideas?
I have installed my X5 today and I had exactly the same problem, it would not stay in AUTO and go to STANDBY wihout any reason or warning. Once it happens it is not always possible to set to AUTO again. It would sometimes go to START UP message and hangs there.

I suspected electrical problem at first, replaced power wires with heavier wire, added ferrites on power and network wire, on both ends, added grounding wire (heavy braid).

The system started working. I thought I had it fixed, until I saw your post.

Come to think of it now after reading your post, by the time I was done it was almost 7 p.m. and temperature had come down from 85 to about 70. No wonder, if it is temperature related, it is quite possible that all the wires and ferrites were not useful.

I will see if it does it again, if it does I will take the board out and set it up on a bench and blow hot air at each component separately.

You can tell when the system "goes to sleep" - the two indicator lights next to the processor start flashing regularly. Normally they are either off when in "normal" standby, or flashing sporadically when the motor engages.
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Well... Looks like my Gyro's on the course computer crapped out on mine after 20 or so hours of use.

*grumble* just off the phone with the guys at Raymarine in NH. I'll have to send back the old one for repair... 7-10 day turn-around.
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Ouch. No fun.

I installed the unit at the beginning of last season.

No complaints. Installation was as reported and functions as indicated.

It is a wheel pilot, so can get overwhelmed by heavy weather helm. Tells me I have too much sail flying.

It did start to get noisier towards the end of last season. I flushed the wheel unit with fresh water (as per the instructions) which quieted it.
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Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Installed the X5 on my 27 ft Catalina. Installation alright to do.
Installed fluxgate compass where old st 4000 compass was installed approx. 3 feet from engine.
Did numerous swing checks and get no deviation response.
Installed computer on quarter berth wall, engine side. Some vibration there.

Need help to determine what is wrong.

Autopilot works even w/o compass calibration.
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Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

When I installed this same unit on my boat I also had a hard time swinging the compass, had to wait for perfect "flat" conditions and even then it takes a lot of patience, at least 4 circles if not more, and you cannot rush it, if you get "reduce speed" message you have to start it all over.

It helps to make larger circles.

By the way, to follow up on my post above, it turned out defective board, Raymarine support were most helpful and replaced it at no charge, now autopilot works regardless of air temperature.

It is a very useful gadget, except may be when running in a following sea, it has a bit of problem keeping course. On all other points it works great.
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Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Thanks, talked to RM and they wanted me to check a few things.
By the way, made at least 15 swings w/o any comment except "keep turning"
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Thanks, talked to RM and they wanted me to check a few things.
By the way, made at least 15 swings w/o any comment except "keep turning"

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CALM water
Turning at close to 3 degrees per second
Above 2 knots but below 5
Did you confirm the compass swings 360 before entering sea trial set up

If the compass is not swinging a full 360 degrees, even before you calibrate it, you may have a bad flux gate. I've had a few bad right out of the box... Raymarine can give you the test procedure for Ohms readings.
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