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06-25-2014 10:51 AM
Re: NEXUS Instruments - Experience with?

Does anyone have experience with the auto calibration system? I don't seem to be able to get it to drive the steer pilot instrument, though the one on my laptop display does do something. Using the laptop is really awkward as it's below and can't be seen from the helm.

If you got this to work how and did the final calibration help accuracy?
04-07-2013 07:04 AM
Company sold to Garmin. Hard to get service or parts

Company sold to Garmin. Hard to get service or parts and info.

Working with Garmin Nexus Tech support it seems to going nowhere to

support this product.
03-20-2013 12:57 PM
Re: NEXUS Instruments - Experience with?

Slightly OT....

Would like to drive the steer pilot from my PC (for instance would like it to automatically give best upwind / downwind depending on current TWA and polars). Anyone know how to drive it through the NMEA interface?

Guess I might be able to have it drive to a waypoint and keep moving the waypoint from the PC - think that's possible, but it seems quite hacky and I'd prefer to just drive the dial directly.

I know that some of this is possible through the FX server but would prefer full control if available.
10-12-2012 01:28 PM
Re: NEXUS Instruments - Experience with?

Thanks guys!

I am convinced that Nexus is great but I ended up with a boat that has Simrad instruments

Salonas come with Nexus instruments but they can mount Raymarine if you want. For what I have heard on this thread I would stick up with Nexus.

I ended up buying an used boat that come with Simrad.

Now about Simrad.... well the 2002 raymarine plotter I had was faster then the 2007 Simrad I have now and I liked more the Raymarine instruments, with the exception of the autopilot that is really good.

I have a Furuno 2007 radar that is really crap compared with the 2002 raymarine I had. It has not even MARPA and without that a radar worth a lot less regarding its use.

From Nexus I have the binoculars they represent (Eterna). I had already on the other boat the previous model when they were "Silva". They are great with an incredible low light capability.


10-12-2012 10:51 AM
Re: NEXUS Instruments - Experience with?

We have a 1985 J27 that is serving us very well. It came with a Nexus Multi Classic 1000 package (as near as I can tell from pictures anyway) which is still working - sort of.

The depth gauge keeps chirping at us to warn us that we're at 3.5 to 4.2 feet of water. It seems to happen at any depth between about 35 to 42 feet - I've watched it move up the depth from mid teens through twenties, hit the mid thirties and go decimal on me, move up to the low/mid four foot range, then pop back out of decimal as it moves into the 50 foot range.

We're sailing in NY Harbor and the lower Hudson river. Tons of boats, including sailboats with bigger drafts than us . Not to mention the cruise liners. Clearly we're not in 3.5 feet of water. (The draft on this boat is about 4 feet or maybe 5 feet - we're NOT in 3.5 feet of water). Also, given both traffic and water quality (even though it's improving) we're pretty confident that we're not seeing schools of fish or algae or something interfering with the depth gauge. It seems to be software, not hardware related.

Has anyone seen this issue before? Does anyone know of a software update to the server or the equipment?

Tacking from side to side in the Hudson River, we move through that depth range (30-50+ feet) a LOT. The constant chirping is miserable, and for safety reasons we can't just shut it off completely. Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.
07-23-2011 07:28 AM
catamount Nexus was a part of Silva, but was spun off as an independent entity owned, at least in part, by Dean Baker of America's Cup fame. They seem to be focused on instruments for the yacht racing market, competing against B&G, Ockham, NKE... more so than then the general boating market, which is dominated by Raymarine. ComNav makes parts for them, and was the North American distributor, but about two years ago, Nexus switched to Ocean Equipment as their North American distributor in an effort to get more widespread distribution over here (e.g. Defender now carries the basic consumer-grade Nexus outfits).

PCP, the Nexus Steer Pilot is just an instrument display with an analog needle that points which way you want to steer - it can be configured to be driven by compass heading, wind angle, GPS track, etc... I think there are some other things it can do, too. It has nothing to do with the autopilot system.
07-22-2011 07:14 PM
mikefossl My boat came with a full Nexus suite of instruments including multicontrols, wind instrument, multicenter (chart plotter), fluxgate compass and autopilot. They were about 10 years old when I got the boat and had spent all this time in California and Mexico. The log transducer was no longer working and the wind transducer gave up the ghost a few months later. I bought a server upgrade kit which included a new FX Server, new multicontol instrument and a combined depth and log transducer. I also sent the wind instrument to a guy in Florida for repair (at the time ComNav had given up supporting Nexus but I think that has changed).

Overall I'm happy with the set-up. I've connected the server to my laptop running the Nexus racing software an that gives lots of control over the server. The system has been reliable although it is sensitive to the quality of the connections. The down side is support is limited. Very few cruisers use Nexus and there are a limited number of places to get service. I have a long standing issue logged with Comnav where whenever I connect my wind instrument, the log stops working. It's been unplugged for a couple of years and at some point I'll pick up the problem and try and get it resolved.

I'm currently reconfiguring the electronics, connecting my HDS Chartplotter, Icom AIS and Standard Horizon VHF into the mix.
07-22-2011 01:14 PM
jrd22 Cata- my mistake, I assumed that ComNav had bought Nexus because they build them and the covers for the new Nexus instruments that I bought said ComNav on them. Interesting. I wonder if a Nexus autopilot is actually a ComNav then?
07-22-2011 07:51 AM
PCP Thanks guys. Almost all boats here come from the factory with Raymarine and some with Simrad but Salona has made a deal with them and now all Salonas come with Nexus instruments and auto pilot (but they can mount Raymarine if it is prefered). I had little information about the Nexus and you have helped a lot.

Catamout can you explain why do you want to mount an analog steer pilot in a Raymarine autopilot? I am not criticizing, I don't know the system, just trying to understand the advantages (I am sure you have a good reason).

I think Nexus has something to do with Silva, the old Swedish brand. They offer also what I find to be the better binoculars for a price. Very good quality at a not very high price for that quality. When I bought them I have tested them against some Steiner models (2 or 3 times more expensive). Guess what, with low light (interior of a big boat fair) the Silva (now called Eterna) were sharper and more luminous. I was so surprised I bought them on the spot. I had the previous model.{E47C44B1-7FAE-492F-9B08-A1DE8A92BF03}


07-22-2011 06:33 AM
Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
Nexus is owned by ComNav
I don't think that is correct, at least not anymore, although there is a relationship -- on ComNav's site, they say they build some electronics for other labels, including Nexus.
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