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Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

In preparing for a long voyage south this October, it has been highly recommended by several forum members that I install an autopilot. I have an old, 1973, Morgan 33 Out Island that was originally a tiller steered boat, but converted to wheel steering. I looked at several APs on the Internet, prices vary all over the place, and there was really no way of determining which would be the easiest to install and provide the best overall service.

One of the systems that repeatedly popped up was the RayMarine SmartPilot X-5 Wheel. The price tag was around $1,100 at most marine stores, and installation appeared to be fairly straight forward.

I'm not really positive about the overall weight of my boat, but the displacement is 12,500-pounds, at least that's what is stenciled in the anchor locker. If this is the case, the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel should be more than sufficient.

Does anyone have any longtime experience with this system and how well do you like it?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

3rd summer with ours - no trouble to speak of and very simple installation (had to reverse the wiring which seems common for this unit). Tend to use it when we're motoring as oposed to sailing but that's only because we both still get a kick out of being at the helm. It work's well under sail (up or downwind) but we try to keep the boat balanced with just a touch of weather helm. I'd guess we're about 7500 - 8000 lbs loaded.

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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

This is the 4th summer with our X5, boat displaces 11,200. Installation was relatively easy and the unit has been reliable and works well.
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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

Thumbs up for the X-5 in my experience.....I'm on the second summer with mine and I haven't had any trouble at all. The install was simple.
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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

Thanks everyone - the order will go in Monday morning.

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Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

Was the $1100 price you found including the control head? If so would you share your source?
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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

No control head - it was listed as an option. With the control head $1,499 at west marine.

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Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

I may be mistaken but I think u need the control head unless you already gave one ????
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Try Defender Marine
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Re: Anyone using the SmartPilot X-5 Wheel?

IIRC the X-5 is good to 13K lbs, and most folks recommend you stay at about 80%, so around 11K lbs. You might be pushing the limit of an X5, so the X7?!?! would probably be the better choice for you.

Also, the X5 does have an option with out the control head. As it can be used with "OTHER" Raymarine heads to control it. Like the C/E7 or equal plotters. You do not have to use the control head the is sold in the pkg. Not sure what other electronics you have on board, but you may already have the electronic part!

I've personally been toying with the ST2000+ or X5 tiller option. But I am about 7K lbs. At the limit of the 1000, and reasonably below the St2000 at 10K and X5 at 13K lbs.

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