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11-18-2013 10:42 AM
SmartMarine
Re: Raymarine Autopilot Remotes

Guys you may have other option to S100, it doesn't turn off because inactivity and all the problems you mentioned, it is not as fancy as S100 but way less expensive. Search on e bay for "Smart Marine remote".
05-29-2008 12:22 AM
skyellab For what it is worth I have a smart controller and love it especially when I have lots of people blocking the way and I want to raise the sails or put them down without knocking them down. The auto pilot remote and dodge features are great as well as all the information it feeds me on everything right at my neck. Mine is great and always on even when charging. Only thing that drives me crazy is when it screams when I turn the nav power off. I just have to push the standby button.
05-28-2008 11:59 PM
negrini Agree, no matter how pissed I'm with Ray, still depend on it to control my boat, and keep my little animals from falling overboard ... or killing themselves.
05-28-2008 11:53 PM
brak
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Originally Posted by negrini View Post
Brak ??!!!! This is ridiculous !! What about an arm operated by a solenoid with a 3min timer pushing a button automatically for you ? C'mon, by these days that should be Ray's second nature to be more competent
Sure, that would be nice. But seriously - what are the choices? Not having a remote at all would be worse. And the bigger remote is both more expensive and a lot less convenient to lug around the boat (I can't take it with me when going up to the mast to raise my sail - which is the standard use for my remote now, I use it as I raise my main, to keep the bow pointing into the wind)
05-28-2008 11:35 PM
negrini Brak ??!!!! This is ridiculous !! What about an arm operated by a solenoid with a 3min timer pushing a button automatically for you ? C'mon, by these days that should be Ray's second nature to be more competent
05-28-2008 04:47 AM
andy_smith Thanks to all for the replies and information. My autopilot is presently under my dodger and too far away from the wheel for quick disengaging.
My other option was a pod by the compass and moving the control unit there (possibly a cheaper option), but unsure how waterproof the ST60 units are - may need a wheel / binnacle cover while unattended which cancels out the cheaper option and has less flexibility for use ......I guess I found the answer .....
Thanks again !

Andy Smith
05-27-2008 12:23 PM
brak
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Originally Posted by halekai36 View Post
I don't need a repeater as the only Raymarine stuff I have is the Auto Pilot so the S100 is all I need or want..
Halekai - as a workaround to this issue (which annoys me no less than you) I just trained myself to click the standby button (or one of the directional buttons) on the remote from time to time while its in the standby mode. It seems to keep it awake. Becomes second nature (especially if you use it as much as I do). It would be nice to fix this of course.
05-27-2008 10:57 AM
sailortjk1 I use the Smartcontoller; different animal.

Sorry for the confusion.

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05-27-2008 10:37 AM
sailingdog Halekai-

It is probably because TJK and I use our remotes as repeaters, and may be pressing buttons to go between different data displays.
05-27-2008 10:27 AM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post

Halekai, Im not sure what you are talking about. Mine is always powered up wheather in Auto or Standby.
To avoid confusion here is the exact wording, copied and pasted, from the current on-line manual for the S100 the unit I was referring to.

Power Saving Mode
"If you are in STANDBY mode (autopilot off), the handset will automatically turn off if no button has been pressed for 5 minutes. This will help to extend the battery life."

Remote Manual (Scroll to Pg. 7)



Yours stays on because evidently the "Smart Controller" does NOT have this STUPID power saving mode/feature. I don't need a repeater as the only Raymarine stuff I have is the Auto Pilot so the S100 is all I need or want..
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