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Installation of Raymarine 4000

How many hours to install a Raymarine Autohelm 4000 (wheel)? Is it a job for the pros, or can it be attempted by a novice?
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I installed myself with no problems. It''s been a few years, but as I recall it took about four hours. Compass alignment might take another hour or two, depending on how picky you are (involves steady turning in a circle with the boat to get the autopilot within 1-3 degrees of the magnetic compass). If you have reasonably good mechanical and electrical skills it should be no problem for a novice.

Most of the work is in running the wires, which will vary from boat to boat. As I recall, the mechanical part consists of mounting a post to the binnacle, bolting the autopilot to the wheel with supplied hardware and mounting the control head and fluxgate compass (requires drilling of holes -- a two inch hole saw for the former).

If you are planning to connect via seatalk, there will be a number of wire runs to make. Power from the circuit breaker panel to the control head. Connection from there to the autopilot motor. SeaTalk connection to the bus. Connection from the control head to the fluxgate compass (preferably located near the center of the boat in the cabin). If you want to connect a GPS via NMEA 183 (allows following a course set on the GPS, a nice gee whiz, but by no means essential) that''s yet another connection. If you have a Raymarine GPS which outputs to SeaTalk no separate connection is required.

Make sure you have a big enough circuit breaker or fuse on the panel to supply the autopilot, and that the power wire to the control head is heavy enough.
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I agree with the above comments. I installed mine myself and the hardest part was deciding where to locate the control unit and the fluxgate compass. Just read the instructions and think about how to get the wires to where you need them. If the supplied wiring harness is not long enough use the same color scheme to extend the wires. This will make it a lot easier to connect everything at the end. Voice of experiance. I changed one wire color and had a heck. It was an expensive mistake.

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Re: Autohelm 4000
the C&C Photo Album has an owners'' manual for the 4000ST @
www.cncphotoalbum.com/index1/htm
click on Service Guides & Manuals.
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The location of the flux compass is important. It needs to be as far as possible from any magnetic fields.

Speaking of flux compasses I have a 4000+ and the manual shows the compass installed on a vertical bulkhead. I believe that my old system had the flat back of the compass horizontal. Could any one confirm the correct instalation?
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Buy the Simrad WP30! Very easy to install and bullet proof!! I switched from Raytheon to Simrad and will never go back. It will actually steer down wind without jibing.....
-Rodd C.
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WGFI
Install Fluxgate Compass VERTICAL, at fore/aft centerline, as near center of pitch as possible.
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Thanks.
I had to move my compass away from a stanchion that must not be completely stainless steel. The deviation is still very high and I was wondering if I had installed it wrong.
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