Bought my boat about the beginning of May and it came with a Garmin
182c chart plotter and Raymarine
pilot or something like that connected with an X5 computer. This is a wheel
. During my transit from where I bought the boat, the autopilot motor
failed and I sent it to Raymarine
and they returned a new one for $300. The computer turned out to have a bad resistor as well which they finally replaced, after running me around for several months. So now it is 6 months later and I still am unable to get this thing to work. I just reinstalled the computer and was expecting to successfully calibrated and finally sail my boat.
So this is what I am having a problem with now. The step where it says I am supposed to make sure that the chartplotter
is communicating to the autopilot display, the readings are showing dashes instead of numbers. So I have confirmed that I am supposed to have the chartplotter
showing a waypoint in order for these numbers to appear. Since I have not been able to sail the boat since I bought it, I am not familiar with the chartplotter yet. I selected a wreck off of Ship Island in the Mississippi
sound and thought that I had made it active but I don't know if it was or not. I think this is what I did.
Creating Waypoints Graphically - Garmin 182/182C Owner's Manual [Page 15]
So my question is, if I drive 2 hours to my boat tomorrow on my off day, and follow these directions, am I doing what is required of me in the first picture? Is this going to create the active Waypoint that the autopilot display is expecting to see?
I've been trying to hire a marine
electrician for the past 5 months to do this because I don't know what I'm doing. So far, they have either lied to me that they would come, or they tell me they don't know how to work on Raymarine equipment
. The only authorized repair place in the area of Gulfport is the same company who has lied to me 3 times that they were coming to fix it (Advance Marine) and the third time was after I spoke directly to the owner and explained to her what they had done.
I would love to be able to get this working so that I can finally calibrate the thing by driving in circles and then see my boat steering
I am at the point now where I am going to have to sell the boat if I cannot get this fixed. This may sound trivial to some people, but imagine buying
a car because it has air conditioning
and then being told that you can roll the windows down because the air conditioning
I bought this boat because it had a working autopilot. I've got many other things to fix on it, but after dealing with this for 5 months I am so disheartened with it. I'd appreciate anyone who would be able to help me resolve this.