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Old 24-05-2011, 10:54   #31
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

from an installer pov a lot of customers remove there raymarine and go with simrad!
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Old 24-05-2011, 11:35   #32
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

i am sooo pleased with my simrad unit-is a lifesaver and very very reliable for me!!!!
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

No complaints from my Raymarine X-10 and Linear Drive. The drive is 8+ years old and I upgraded the core pack to the X-10 a few years back. It's coupled with my NavNet3D on the N2K backbone.
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No complaints from my Raymarine X-10 and Linear Drive. The drive is 8+ years old and I upgraded the core pack to the X-10 a few years back. It's coupled with my NavNet3D on the N2K backbone.
If your (electric?) linear drive has never broken down then you never put it up to a job like we give our AP's on a regular basis (= storm conditions with big waves 10-25').

See, you upgraded your core pack which made a big difference. That is exactly the problem. Simrad/Robertson owners do not need to do that because their units of 10 years ago are still top notch today. No need to buy upgrades :-)

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If your (electric?) linear drive has never broken down then you never put it up to a job like we give our AP's on a regular basis (= storm conditions with big waves 10-25').

See, you upgraded your core pack which made a big difference. That is exactly the problem. Simrad/Robertson owners do not need to do that because their units of 10 years ago are still top notch today. No need to buy upgrades :-)

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Hi Nick,

Have you checked the power draw for the Simrad AP? That seems to be a detail that is ignored in all the recent threads and comments about APs but certainly an issue for most of us. I had a Robertson years ago which was a great unit but it sucked a lot of amps.

Of course it is difficult to determine an exact power use profile for different APs in general since each boat will steer differently and different sea conditions and points of sail will require more or less work from the AP but it seems like some general guidelines should be possible. A comparison test several years ago showed the Alpha units to draw a lot less than competing units at the time but that was years back, plus I have concerns about Alpha. Would be very interested in hearing more recent results.
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If your (electric?) linear drive has never broken down then you never put it up to a job like we give our AP's on a regular basis (= storm conditions with big waves 10-25').

See, you upgraded your core pack which made a big difference. That is exactly the problem. Simrad/Robertson owners do not need to do that because their units of 10 years ago are still top notch today. No need to buy upgrades :-)
Nick , give it a rest, my ray unit done two transatlantics. The linear drive is very good and the hydraulics units are even better. X-30 is an excellant corepack. Gazillions intalled all over Europe.

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If your (electric?) linear drive has never broken down then you never put it up to a job like we give our AP's on a regular basis (= storm conditions with big waves 10-25').

See, you upgraded your core pack which made a big difference. That is exactly the problem. Simrad/Robertson owners do not need to do that because their units of 10 years ago are still top notch today. No need to buy upgrades :-)

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Wasn't trying to start a food fight, just citing my experience, which is what the OP deserves.

Maybe the electric linear drive is lasting as it is being used within the design constraints - a type 1 and the vessel is <22,000lbs. Your boat is heavier than the type 2 is rated to handle.

How does N2K work on that 10 year old SR AP?
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

Type II linear hydraulic takes the x-30 corepack.

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Type II linear hyraulic drive is rated for up to 48,500 lbs disp.

Raymarine Marine Electronics - Hydraulic Linear

My boat is supposeldy 28k lbs disp but Im not dure if that is light ship or what and have never actually weighed. Either way Im sure its not 48k...

I much prefer the hydraulic linear drive to electric linear but most important is that the whole kit is sized appropriately for the intended vessel. Only complaint I have for the drive is the noise of the hydraulic pump in a seaway. Thinking of enclosing the pump in a few layers of 1 1/2" thick Sounddown. The only quiet alternative is a $5,000 windvane...
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Simrad....if you want professional grade equipment. Raymarine is not professional grade stuff.
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

We are talking about course computers here not the drives. Is there really that much of a difference between the X-30 by Raymarine and the AC42 by simrad? Guessing if I go with the AC42 then I also need to purchase a new control head, fluxgate compass, and rudder reference indicator all from Simrad too?
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Guessing if I go with the AC42 then I also need to purchase a new control head, fluxgate compass, and rudder reference indicator all from Simrad too?
If your existing heading compass and/or RRI output NMEA 2000, then you are good to go. I believe you could also consider using an 0183 > 2000 translator (like the Simrad AT10) to get the data from your existing instruments to the N2K network but you will need to install some N2K backbone infrastructure as well.

And yes, the AC42 requires either a Simrad control head OR an NSE series chartplotter.
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Re: Autopilot Computer Simrad vs. Raymarine

mebbe if the autopilot tends to break down, could it possibly be the thing isnt up to the job it was hired to do ?? mebbe a size or 2 up would be better fit?? things donot work well if not the proper size for the job at hand, especially in big seas and winds.
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classic generalisation. Simrad is part of Navico, a brand that has few if any professional connections.

IN my local harbour many of the inshore fishing boats have Ray Gear. As well as many have Furuno. Not a Simrad in sight.

My experience with simrad is the gear is no worse or better and much harder to find agents or spares or any dealer that knows alot. Ray is everywhere.

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classic generalisation. Simrad is part of Navico, a brand that has few if any professional connections.

IN my local harbour many of the inshore fishing boats have Ray Gear. As well as many have Furuno. Not a Simrad in sight.

My experience with simrad is the gear is no worse or better and much harder to find agents or spares or any dealer that knows alot. Ray is everywhere.

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classic generalisation. Simrad is part of Navico, a brand that has few if any professional connections.

IN my local harbour many of the inshore fishing boats have Ray Gear. As well as many have Furuno. Not a Simrad in sight.

My experience with simrad is the gear is no worse or better and much harder to find agents or spares or any dealer that knows alot. Ray is everywhere.

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This has been my observation as well. Im thinking at this point that since i will need to replace the corepack, RRI, and Control head or use converters I may be just as well staying with the Ray kit and getting the x-30. So far Im only hearing anecdotal comments on the superiority of the simrad course computer.
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