When I installed my X5 the pilot it would work sometimes, sometimes it wouldn't. It was working the morning I left for Hawaii
so left it on for the whole trip. The self steering
vane actually steered the boat, just wanted the x5 as backup. Sent it back to RM and they tested it and reported nothing wrong with the brain but sent me another unit in the place of mine. That one has worked flawlessly for years. Intermittant problems with the electronics
may not be repeatable and a real pain to figure out and get fixed.