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08-31-2012 11:05 PM
RickWestlake
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Ohhh-kayyy! I have commissioned my wheel pilot and I am ready to buy it a diamond ring. It works very well and it's better-modulated than the one I have on my old boat.

Spent the day out sailing. I can sit where I want to, even up on the bow. "Otto" does a fine job of keeping Halcyon on course, on all points of sail. It can't take care of a change in the wind, though - but it held its own in light winds and heavy gusts, under sail and under power. And it is wonderful to be able to use the awning I've only used at anchor, as shade when I'm out under sail.
08-31-2012 12:12 PM
Ritchard
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

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Originally Posted by Ritchard View Post
Rickwestlake above mentions the annoying Bzzt Bzzt as the unit constantly steers. Mine creaks. It is annoying enough that you want to turn off the pilot a lot of the time. I guess I have to adjust the gain and sensitivity as suggested above to make it steer a bit less, but still, should a nearly new unit make creaking noises as it steers?
I thought I'd update my creaking complaint. I learned on a recent long cruise that the locater pin that you affix to the pedestal had worked its way loose. The loud creaking I was hearing was that pin moving back and forth as it got looser and looser. 45 seconds with a screwdriver removed most of my noise complaint. I still have to get in there with some threadlocker.
08-28-2012 04:28 PM
RickWestlake
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

I've got mine installed - but due to family matters, I haven't been able to take it out and commission the SmartPilot system yet.

The newer system comes with a "SeaTalk ng" network, which is more involved to install than the old ST6002 control head. On Bossa Nova, I ran the control-head cable straight to the computer box, and it got its power from there; with the new system, I had to install a network 'backbone' and run both power and network connections to this thing. I also had to buy a separate cable direct from Raymarine to hook this 'backbone' to the control head - this because of the length of the cable run.

The Sea Talk ng cable presents another 'interesting problem' with cable runs, because Raymarine says it should not be bent in a curve tighter than a 4-inch radius. This meant I had to find a way to run the cable along bulkheads in this smooth curve, which means get a lot of screw-in-place cable ties to secure it this way.

Raymarine advises you - wisely - to plan out all your cable runs and hookups before you start your installation. I made some mistakes, and the job took a lot longer than I'd expected, but I'm satisfied with the results. So far.
08-27-2012 11:20 AM
chef2sail
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Have used nine extensively on trips including right now as we are sailing back down the LISound to the Chesapeake. Works like a charm, especially integrated with our C90w chart plotter. Fresh water rinse when leaning the boat takes care of the abberant noises. Worked well on a 20 knot wind sail broad reaching last week. Usually the telling point on auto pilots with large amount of yawing with almost following seas. Key is in the calibration or it is constantly working.

Dave
08-27-2012 05:13 AM
bigdogandy
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

I've found that if you flush the wheel mechanism with fresh water the buzzing / creaking sound goes away.......the manual recomends this as part of the regular maintenance.
08-27-2012 12:40 AM
travlineasy
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

I'm picking mine up on Tuesday to be installed on my Morgan 33 Out Island. I'll keep you posted how it works.

Gary
08-26-2012 07:05 PM
MedSailor
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

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Originally Posted by fstuart View Post
i just bought the SPX-5 P70, yesterday, haven't installed it yet They say it is easy but I am a little timid with elec work especially since my boat is old and there's a ratnest of wires. I guess I'll see how it goes this week and report back
Good luck and let us know how it goes!

MedSailor
08-26-2012 01:09 PM
fstuart
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

i just bought the SPX-5 P70, yesterday, haven't installed it yet They say it is easy but I am a little timid with elec work especially since my boat is old and there's a ratnest of wires. I guess I'll see how it goes this week and report back
07-23-2012 06:35 PM
Ritchard
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

Rickwestlake above mentions the annoying Bzzt Bzzt as the unit constantly steers. Mine creaks. It is annoying enough that you want to turn off the pilot a lot of the time. I guess I have to adjust the gain and sensitivity as suggested above to make it steer a bit less, but still, should a nearly new unit make creaking noises as it steers?
07-04-2012 05:33 AM
sailak
Re: Smart Pilot Raymarine X5 Wheel Pilot

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Originally Posted by RickWestlake View Post
What I disliked about it was the fussy "bzzzt-bzzzt-bzzzt" as it swung the helm to each pitch of a wave. .
You can adjust gain/sensitivity and reduce the annoyance factor.
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