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Old 16-02-2013, 05:17   #1
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Autohelm 5000 Upgrade

I have an older Autohelm 5000 autopilot system on my 38' Irwin sailboat. It has a fully functional Autohelm linear drive unit controlled by an Autohelm control unit and I would like to update the control unit with something more modern to interface to my Raymarine C80 chartplotter/gps and Raymarine ST60+ instrument package. Would the Raymarine X-10 or X-30 corepack and one of the Raymarine control heads be compatible with my older Autohelm linear drive? Wasn't able to find much information on the Raymarine site.

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Old 17-02-2013, 07:01   #2
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I also have a 38CC Irwin mkii '88.

My boat has a Autohelm 6000 and the Navigation Interface which used the signal from Loran C to guide the boat.
I am told that it will accept NEMA 0183 instructions, and translate to the course computer, although I haven't managed to do so yet. I did get it to link up once, but didn't realize till later that I had the breaker to the drive unit off by accident.

I'm courious to see what we can find out, as I think I will have to upgrade mine before long.
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Old 17-02-2013, 07:14   #3
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Re: Autohelm 5000 Upgrade

I have the Autohelm 5000 on my 40' sailing cat with the linear drive. I upgraded to a C90W chartplotter, AIS and Radar and it all amazingly worked together on four different generations of Seatalk.

When the control head/display packed it in a year ag I had to replace the control head unit with an X-10 and a display but the linear drive mechanism is still working.
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Old 17-02-2013, 08:49   #4
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I wish I had SeaTalk, mine is a pre ST version. (
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Old 17-02-2013, 18:14   #5
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Thanks Olorin and j24jaded. That gives me some hope that I won't have to replace the linear drive also.
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