Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-04-2010, 13:55   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
Opie91's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: CT
Boat: C&C 34
Posts: 811
Raymarine ST2000+ Tiller Pilot Question

Hi,

I am thinking about buying a Raymarine ST2000 Plus tiller pilot. I have a older Raydata that has autopilot control capabilities. Does anyone know if these two units are compatible. They both do Seatalk (original).

Thanks for any help!!!
__________________

__________________
Opie91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2010, 14:34   #2
Moderator
 
Pete7's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Solent, England
Boat: Moody 31
Posts: 8,561
Images: 14
Why not use it in the stand alone mode? we do and its fine.

Pete
__________________

__________________
Pete7 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2010, 17:16   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
Opie91's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: CT
Boat: C&C 34
Posts: 811
Stand alone is fine, but if it does not talk with the Raydata I think that the tiller pilot will be a Simrad TP32. I had a Simrad wheel pilot before and it was great.
__________________
Opie91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2010, 22:04   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
I just bought a new ST1000+ and the literature says it does Seatalk and NMEA and the plugs provide for 5 connections. I had my old unit (ST1000) wired to a Garmin 276 for a while and it worked fine.

I didn't wire up the Seatalk link on this unit as for sailing I don't see the use of coupling to a gps and I don't currently have wind input.
__________________
Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2010, 22:57   #5
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 769
Does the ST1000 have a windvane mode? (with wind direction "seatalked").
__________________
anotherT34C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-04-2010, 23:17   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
Yes it does. I hop to add that someday if I get a windvane cheap somewhere...

GPS, wind and standalone modes with signals via Seatalk and NMEA
__________________
Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-04-2010, 10:24   #7
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 769
How robust does it feel (the ST1000)? I currently use the wheel pilot, and the drive unit isn't robust at all.

As a back-up, I'm considering the difference between a second wheel drive unit ($500, and assuming the control unit, computer, and compass all never fail), and rigging a self-contained tiller pilot to the emergency tiller ($500-700 depending on the size).

However, if the ST1000/2000 is just as feeble as the wheel pilot, I might have to break down and go for a belowdeck model.
__________________
anotherT34C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-04-2010, 11:00   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Boat: Newport 28 MKII
Posts: 359
I have a friend that rigged a tiller pilot to his wheel to back up his wheel pilot. He is very happy with the result, saying the tiller pilot has enough range to steer and maintain a course when motoring or sailing in less than 12 knot winds on his 34' Catalina. I think he attached the mount on one of the wheel spokes, about mid-diameter.
__________________
Steve W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-04-2010, 19:04   #9
Moderator Emeritus
 
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
I find the ST1000+ slightly more robust than the ST1000 it replaced. It's hard to describe it in a comparative way so the best idea would be to locate a West Marine that has one (not all carry in stock so let your fingers do the walking) and get your hands on it.

My boat is probably 3,000kg loaded and the tiller pilot is quite happy steering. I have had it hunt or fall off in gusty conditions. This indicates the sails balancing and unbalancing. We have a big genny (150%) and when oversheeting compared to the main there can be a lot of tiller load. Balanced sails is the key.

Usually sheeting out the genny a bit and/or running the main traveller up wil fix things although by the time I am needing to do that it is really time to start shorting the genny a bit.
__________________
Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-04-2010, 03:40   #10
Registered User
 
bewitched's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 885
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Opie91 View Post
Hi,

I am thinking about buying a Raymarine ST2000 Plus tiller pilot. I have a older Raydata that has autopilot control capabilities. Does anyone know if these two units are compatible. They both do Seatalk (original).

Thanks for any help!!!
the seatalk will be compatible - so it will work.

But one thing you may need to consider is whether the older control unit has the capability of utilising some of the functions that may be available in the new unit, but weren't developed when the old control unit was brought out - which may or may not be important to you.

I had similar queries with my ancient Autohelm autopilot and the new Raymarine control units - I sent Raymarine a message via their website - they were very helpful.

Another thing to check is what is the information that is passed. For example my aforementioned old Autohelm has NMEA out, but all it puts out is position & heading info - it doesn't send depth, speed or wind data even though they are on the same seatalk network. It is "selected" NMEA data if you like.
__________________

__________________
bewitched is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
raymarine

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Is the Best Tiller Pilot ? Opie91 Marine Electronics 1 18-04-2010 20:01
Raymarine S1 Tiller Pilot? ABJ87 Marine Electronics 4 23-09-2009 19:29
Raymarine ST2000 Plus Tiller Pilot Triton318 Classifieds Archive 0 13-01-2008 10:27
wanted: tiller pilot (Autohelm/Raymarine) Bill G Classifieds Archive 1 08-01-2008 08:36
Tiller Pilot Installation Jimske Marine Electronics 2 09-07-2006 20:29



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:33.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.