Been a very busy week at work with little boat
experimentation time. Here is the latest in my exchanges with Raymarine
forum. Finding the S1,S2,S3 SmartPilots are no longer serviceable by Raymarine
I looked for the next unit up which X30 replaces the S3 however, it has been out of production for 3 years....Here are our threads from there.
Unfortunately, Raymarine can no longer service
. If seeking a used X-Series Course Computer to replace one of the above listed course computers
- an X5 would be used to replace an S1/S1G Autopilot
- an X10 would be used to replace an S2/S2G Autopilot Course Computer,
- an X30 would be used to replace an S3/S3G Autopilot Course Computer,
assuming that the currently installed autopilot course computer had been installed for the vessel's autopilot drive unit.
Not sure if I need to go here yet but,
Looking for an X30 to replace the S3 I found a couple on E-Bay which were sold in the range of $1200 to $1500. But, sold. However, it looks like they are no longer in production either. So, if I were to continue on this road of Nav System Improvement .... What is the next unit up that is still in production? Which will also accept all my Sea Talk instruments including being connected to ST7001 autopilot.
The last series of autopilot course computers produced by Raymarine which would have been compatible with the ST7001 would have been the SPX Autopilots which were retired more than three years ago. The Evolultion autopilots replace the SPX autopilots, are vastly superior with respect to heading performance, but a not compatible with the ST7001, requiring that the autopilot control head
be replaced. While most devices having a SeaTalk communications
interface may be adapted to be interfaced to a SeaTalkng backbone which is used to network Evolution autopilot components, it would be necessary to have you supply a complete list of the current
system's devices to respond accurately regarding compatibility. Please click here to view a FAQ addressing this subject.
I greatly appreciate all the input I am receiving from everyone. I will not discount any ideas or thoughts. As an engineer
I value all trains of thought as each path may end up at the proper solution. I hope that this information we are gathering will not only help me but others along the way.