After lots of research
, asking owners and reading, cussing and discussing I recently put a Raymarine
SPX30 with the Type II long throw electric
drive on the rudder
. Everything went below decks including the ST70 controller which I placed at the NAV Station and I added a remote
control to use on deck
. There are multiple reasons I went with this system.
1. I've had excellent experience with other Raymarine
Products I've owned.
2. The ability to put the whole thing below decks and use the remote
control. I have got to add that being able to steer the boat from anywhere on deck is absolutely incredible and really makes a difference.
3. I can reduce cabling for other insturments such as the wind
direction and speed, the chartplotter
room ALL can be run on the same network.
4. The disadvantage was the initial price
but the networking ability more than makes up for that.
5. All networking functions can be monitored from the chartplotter
at the helm
AND the chartplotter also controls the autopilot.
6. The ST70 autopilot controller at the NAV Station also give reading for the wind
speed and direction transducers without adding additional displays.
7. The NMEA
ability on the SPX 30 give me the ability to add an additional computer to the NAV Station where I can run OPENcpn
and Raymarines software
planning and all the added benefits of being able to run a computer with the rest of the system.