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Old 23-09-2011, 15:13   #121
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Re: Describe Your Ultimate Integrated Instrument Setup

Originally Posted by s/v Jedi View Post
I found the compromise to be around deck level for a fiberglass boat. After calibration, the compass will compensate for ferrous metals in close proximity. I would want a big margin for what the gyro can do and the normal dampening needed. In your case, think about how it will perform when you loose your stabilizers while underway in worsening weather conditions.

Hi Nick,

Just saw this and remember our conversation a while back in this thread about autopilots. I just have the stick back in (yaay!) and have connected the PB200 wind instrument and fired it up along with the Simrad AP.

It looks like the Simrad AP (AC42) will listen to the heading from the PB200, something which I wasn't expecting. So from the PB200, you get a usable N2K heading too. Being some 17m above WL, it's not an ideal place for getting your reading (no ferrous metals nearby though! ... but good to know that it will work as a back up to the RC42 rate compass.

(as an aside, so far, wind readings from it are better (stable, no flopping) than a normal vane/rotavector etc... with zero moving parts! And you get a backup GPS + compass)

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