Originally Posted by tucamonday
Okay, on the issue of what is listed in the sellers listing I am a little confused myself, it does indeed state "autohelm" but it also states that a autopilot should be added. I have attached some pictures of the equipment
from the listing, any help would be appreciated. As for my plans, with this boat coastal cruising and a trip to the Caribbean
, I will be sailing with my GF and we both are novice
so I am looking for a system that can be depended on. As far as price
, I am a value man more that overall cost. I would like to find a product that goes well with what I have and will be a one time solution.
OK, so you have received a bunch of confusing responses, some with errors, others referring to obsolete, and in some cases very old (more than 15 years) equipment
Hopefully I can clarify.
You have a Raytheon GPS Chartplotter
, and Raytheon (Autohelm Series) Depth
, Speed, and Wind
There is no auto pilot display shown in your picture.
The auto pilot I would recommend for your boat, is the "current" Raymarine EV-400. You would choose the drive unit (linear, hydraulic, or rotary) best suited to your existing steering
system. (A Raymarine Certified Installer can tell you on vessel inspection
which drive will work best.)
This unit will integrate seamlessly with your existing instruments, with just a Seatalk
1 cable. (It will also be capable of integrating easily should you update to a newer Raymarine MFD, Radar
, and /or AIS
unit down the road.
(PS, if you can afford new autopilot, that is what I recommend. The reason the old one was replaced by the seller, could be due to a general upgrade, or because that unit was giving the owner trouble. A new Raymarine unit has a 2 year warranty, 3 years if you register your warranty on-line.
If you get it installed by a Certified Raymarine Installer (recommended) and request the installation
be "certified for on-board warranty", you can get the unit serviced on your boat during the warranty period, wherever you are(some restrictions apply).
Without this, if you have a problem during the warranty period, you have to remove the unit, pack it up, and ship it away, wait, get it shipped back, install it, and recommission it at your expense.
Some will likely argue that if you install it yourself, you will know it better. I counter that if you install it yourself, you will not get as good an installation
as by a Raymarine Certified Installer. I understand you are an ex Avionics tech.; I was an Electronic Engineering Technician for 30 years before taking the Raymarine Certified Installer training. Prior to that, I never knew how much I didn't know about marine electrical
systems, (despite having worked on them personally and professionally for 20 years).
The better solution is to have a Raymarine Certified Installer put it in and ask to watch, and have them explain how everything works.
PS, if someone claims to be a Raymarine Certified Installer, ask to see their card before allowing them on your boat. If they are not carrying their "Raymarine Certified Installer" card in their wallet at all times, they are not likely a Raymarine Certified Installer.
If you go on the Raymarine website, you can find the Raymarine Certified Installer nearest you.
So how important is this? Read cruising books
, blogs, and magazine stories and many will have a tale of a failed auto pilot that caused all kinds of grief.
A properly installed and maintained auto pilot, should be one of the most reliable systems on your vessel, right up there with chartplotter
, and VHF
, that I would also recommend be installed by a competent professional if you are really going to count on the equipment.
Hope this helps,
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