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Old 14-05-2022, 11:40   #1
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Connecting iPad with Boating HD app to Raymarine autopilot

Hi all,

I have a new Raymarine EV 200 autopilot. My chartplotter at the helm is a Garmin. At my nav station I use an IPAD with Boating HD. The IPad recieved NMEA information through a Digital Yacht NavLink.

I’d like to be able to manipulate my autopilot from the IPAD.

Anyone know if it’s possible thru the Boating HD app?

Thanks!
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Old 15-05-2022, 01:03   #2
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Hi all,

I have a new Raymarine EV 200 autopilot. My chartplotter at the helm is a Garmin. At my nav station I use an IPAD with Boating HD. The IPad recieved NMEA information through a Digital Yacht NavLink.

I’d like to be able to manipulate my autopilot from the IPAD.

Anyone know if it’s possible thru the Boating HD app?

Thanks!
Navionics cartography is good, their software is not.
Boating is a very limited app and it can't do what you want, don't waste your time with it.
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Old 15-05-2022, 05:27   #3
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Navionics cartography is good, their software is not.
Boating is a very limited app and it can't do what you want, don't waste your time with it.
Any suggestions on other apps?

I'm looking for anything that offers minimal autopilot control, i.e. minor course corrections from inside the cabin where my iPAD is without crawling back to the main chart plotter and autopilot control at the outside helm.

Thinking I may just need to suck it up or just purchase another head unit.

Thanks!
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Old 15-05-2022, 07:37   #4
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Re: Connecting iPad with Boating HD app to Raymarine autopilot

Or "suck it up" and use OpenCPN on another platform, including: Android, PC laptop, Linux....
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Old 15-05-2022, 18:50   #5
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Re: Connecting iPad with Boating HD app to Raymarine autopilot

By the way, for alleged safety reasons, B&G stops a remote device controlling the autopilot. One must use the chart plotter or dedicated autopilto control instrument, both of which are connected to the autopilot via NMEA 2000.
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Re: Connecting iPad with Boating HD app to Raymarine autopilot

The WilhelmSK app with the yacht devices' YDWG-02 will allow you to control the raymarine autopilot from your iPad. The claim is you don't need a signalk server to do so with the YDWG-02. If you don't have the YDWG-02, then you can use a signal-k server and your Navlink to control the autopilot.

I haven't tested either approach myself yet. I hope to test the YDWG-02 approach next week.
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The WilhelmSK app with the yacht devices' YDWG-02 will allow you to control the raymarine autopilot from your iPad. The claim is you don't need a signalk server to do so with the YDWG-02. If you don't have the YDWG-02, then you can use a signal-k server and your Navlink to control the autopilot.

I haven't tested either approach myself yet. I hope to test the YDWG-02 approach next week.
interesting. let me know how it works out!
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Old 15-05-2022, 22:25   #8
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No idea if you can do it with the current setup, but you could if you had a Raymarine Axiom chartplotter. It has a built-in mirroring app that you can use with the iPad to control the chartplotter and autopilot
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No idea if you can do it with the current setup, but you could if you had a Raymarine Axiom chartplotter. It has a built-in mirroring app that you can use with the iPad to control the chartplotter and autopilot
Yep, I've looked into that. I'm going to try the same type of program that mirrors the Garmin. From what I can tell though I have to connect to the Garmin's WIFI network, which then kicks me off my NMEA WIFI broadcasting network, etc etc. I'll let the forum know if I figure something out.
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Connecting iPad with Boating HD app to Raymarine autopilot

The app is for android tablets and is very unstable ( it crashes a lot ) , I use it. To get full autopilot control however from the ray MFD you need a EVO pilot , the older ones can only be switched into and out of standby

None of the older ray pilots can be properly controlled by an app as Raymarine has never released the Seatalk protocol and even then it’s very limited. You need a ray nmea2000 compatible pilot to get third party control.
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The app is for android tablets and is very unstable ( it crashes a lot ) , I use it. To get full autopilot control however from the ray MFD you need a EVO pilot , the older ones can only be switched into and out of standby
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There is also an iOS version for the iPad, and I downloaded it last week. I've not done any testing on it yet.

I'm not on my boat again until (hopefully) this week. I should be able to test it (unless the shipping changes - which it may).
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Yes, very easy to do. I have done it and the process works perfectly. Download “Aquamaps” from the App Store and pay the $10 / year for the Aquamaps Master account. Best deal for marine cartography ever! Make your route in Aquamaps. It’s crazy simple. Now ‘share’ the route using a GPX format to the Active Captain app. You will then find the route under charts / user data. From there you need to Wi-Fi connect to your Garmin chartplotter and then select the route from the Active Captain app and select “ Sync & Navigate” . The ActiveCap app will display a message “waiting for Chartplotter to acknowledge” You then accept from the Garmin chartplotter the request for the downloaded route. Once reviewed you can advise Chartplotter to navigate route. From the Raymarine AP display you select “track” and then select “route”. The Raymarine AP will drive the AP to each waypoint with exceptional station keeping accuracy. I typically see under 6 feet from course line. Any questions call me at (480) 280-3809 I’m on East coast.
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Yes, very easy to do. I have done it and the process works perfectly. Download “Aquamaps” from the App Store and pay the $10 / year for the Aquamaps Master account. Best deal for marine cartography ever! Make your route in Aquamaps. It’s crazy simple. Now ‘share’ the route using a GPX format to the Active Captain app. You will then find the route under charts / user data. From there you need to Wi-Fi connect to your Garmin chartplotter and then select the route from the Active Captain app and select “ Sync & Navigate” . The ActiveCap app will display a message “waiting for Chartplotter to acknowledge” You then accept from the Garmin chartplotter the request for the downloaded route. Once reviewed you can advise Chartplotter to navigate route. From the Raymarine AP display you select “track” and then select “route”. The Raymarine AP will drive the AP to each waypoint with exceptional station keeping accuracy. I typically see under 6 feet from course line. Any questions call me at (480) 280-3809 I’m on East coast.
He wants to control the AP from the app, that’s not what you are doing. .
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