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Old 14-06-2008, 08:47   #1
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Simrad Wheel Pilot wp30

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My new wp30 worked well for 4 months last summer while circummavigating Vancouver Island, Canada. The boat sat idle in the marina for 10 months. I went sailing last week and whenever I engaged the wp30 it consistently pulled to starboard. The only changes are 1) replaced the external voltage regulator and 2) replaced the bellows type fuel transfer pump with a rotary vane. Both these items are more than 3 feet from the wp
I tried recalibrating the compass but no change.
Has anybody experienced similar problems? Suggestions!
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Old 14-06-2008, 09:29   #2
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Never had that problem with my WP32..(Which I assume is almost identical to the WP30..?)

I had a problem in the past and called customer service or tech support or whatever they are called. Those folks were really friendly and helpful, give 'em a call.

Too bad Simrad quit making those autopilots, I would love to have a spare one..
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I've had a similar problems with mine and am abandoning the device. I'm on a second replacement mother board and compass capsule with the same results as you are seeing. The first replacement was done by simrad and worked about a year. I did the second and may of damaged the compass as it has wires that are not much bigger than a hair. My main concern is these are not really waterproof. I have found water in the bottom of the control container. The units are short lived and not well designed.
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Old 19-06-2008, 17:12   #4
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Mine works great except (there's that darn "except" again). It seems to have an attraction to large metal objects, such as bridges and ships. Really disconcerting to watch the course change while I am headed under a bridge, toward the bridge supports.
Any chance something metal was set near the compass on yours?
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Really disconcerting to watch the course change while I am headed under a bridge, toward the bridge supports.
Holly Crap, ya use the autopilot going under bridges?

Hat of to you Sir, more balls than me:

I never have the autopilot on and engaged within 1000 feet of anything. Them things are made for open water heading-hold, not for staying away from danger and obstructions.
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We have really big bridges out here Sailing through the San Francisco Bay, the wheel pilot makes it easy to get other things done. Granted, I keep a tight watch on it, but it still takes my hands off the helm for other things.
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Re: Simrad wheel pilot wp 30

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We have really big bridges out here Sailing through the San Francisco Bay, the wheel pilot makes it easy to get other things done. Granted, I keep a tight watch on it, but it still takes my hands off the helm for other things.
I'm only looking at the possibility of buying a used WP 30, but I wouldn't ever count on any kind of auto-steering under the bridge. Too many currents. Under a bridge -- even a big one -- isn't like open water.
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