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Topic Review (Newest First)
10-24-2011 09:37 PM
CaptainDan99 Yes, you do need the later ST version with the clutch output.

I changed from the 4000 wheel pilot to a below deck and would not go back. Unlike the older wheelpilots, it is quiet!
10-24-2011 08:43 PM
PalmettoSailor Its a old Autohelm 4000. I don't think it's capable of integrating with a below deck drive since there is nothing to tell the clutch to engage.
10-24-2011 02:08 PM
CaptainDan99 If all is working well except the drive, have you considered just changing the drive to a below deck ram? This would only work with the st versions.
10-19-2011 11:31 AM
PalmettoSailor
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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
You might care to check this out: For Sale: Autopilot - Cruisers & Sailing Forums It might be just what you really need.

FWIW...
Thanks. I really wish they still made that unit as I understand it was perfect for a boat like mine and my use.

Unfortunately, I was too late on this one. Already sold!
10-18-2011 09:07 PM
svHyLyte
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Originally Posted by midlifesailor View Post
Yeah but for that price I'd be willing to risk it also. Even at current prices its only about 1/3 the price of a below deck unit.

Its too bad Raymarine seems to have cheaped out on the drive unit. Like you I currenly have a 4000 and would be happy with a wheel pilot if I thought it would work as good or better than my current set up.
You might care to check this out: For Sale: Autopilot - Cruisers & Sailing Forums It might be just what you really need.

FWIW...
10-18-2011 10:48 AM
PalmettoSailor
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
we got at a bargain price at a Defender Christmas sale for about $600. It was easy for me to install myself.
Dave
Yeah but for that price I'd be willing to risk it also. Even at current prices its only about 1/3 the price of a below deck unit.

Its too bad Raymarine seems to have cheaped out on the drive unit. Like you I currenly have a 4000 and would be happy with a wheel pilot if I thought it would work as good or better than my current set up.
10-18-2011 09:42 AM
aa3jy I was going to recommend Oxford Boat Yard, which is a Raymarine dealer, but there has been some recent management changes..enough said..
10-18-2011 08:50 AM
brokesailor I had Zahniser's install a Simrad AP 24 on Skalliwag. Great installation and no issues so far.
10-17-2011 08:41 PM
chef2sail Oour displacement is about 15000. I just think the below deck models are more robust in nature. We went from an old autopilot which was the 4000 m odel to the X5 which we got at a bargain price at a Defender Christmas sale for about $600. It was easy for me to install myself. I too rtmare stories about the X% after my install and keep waiting to have issues...but knock wood,,,it has been perfect so far.

I would ratherhave the piece of mind not worrying is what I am saying I guess. I woulkd get a below deck on for your boat.

Dave
10-17-2011 06:39 PM
PalmettoSailor
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
I would also recommend AB marine as I have used them previously also.difficulty is that Jabins charges you every minute you stay there. I agree about using the below deck pilot. In retrospect I would do the same

I installed a X-5 Raymarine on Haleakula when they first came out and other than a minor reversal of two wires have never had a problem with it once. She has been used pretty extensively on trips to New England without a hitch. Advantage is it hooks in without C-80 chart plotter.

Dave
Dave,

What is the displacement of your boat? I'd guess its pretty close to the same as mine. Another friend of mine put an X5 on his C34 and says he's happy with it but he has already replaced the drive once under warranty which is shaping my opinon away from the X5. Mitigating that though is the expense of a below deck model.

If your X5 is working for you, what makes you say you'd have sprung for the below decks model?
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