I have a 2006 vintage Smart Pilot Wireless Remote
that I operate with a same vintage S3 course computer on my 42' ketch
. This vintage wireless remote
uses a tranducer to communicate with the course computer via the SeaTalk network. I installed the transducer on a bulkhead in the aft cabin
. I normally use the remote while on the foredeck when entering or leaving an anchorage or dock
so I can prepare docklines and/or ground tackle and still steer the boat.
On the foredeck I am 35' feet from the transducer and have never had a problem with reception
between the tranducer and the remote. That signal needs to pass through several bulkheads and the deck
. The only problem I have encountered is when I mounted the remote on the mizzen mast
in the cockpit
, about 6' from the transducer. It appears the metal in the mast can interfere with signal, and I would occasionally get a "No Pilot" message on the remote.
So my remote has a range greater than 30' and it seems to have no trouble passing through bulkheads and decks. For your specific installation
needs and for whatever vintage AP you have you probably need to consult with Raymarine