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Old 03-01-2020, 13:24   #1
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Raymarine Wheel pilot

Our 1997 Beneteau 321 is equipped with a B & G backbone system with speed ,depth ,wind and GPS with Triton displays.
Am considering inatalling a Ray Marine Wheel Pilot ,EV1
My question is it possible for the two systems to talk to each other ie Raymarine receive data from the B&G system and what is required if the above question is yes
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Old 04-01-2020, 14:27   #2
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Re: Raymarine Wheel pilot

If you select "navigate to a waypoint or "navigate along a track" on the B&G MFD, it will send the track data to the Raymarine autopilot on NMEA 2000. You will then be able to select on the Raymarine autopilot "TRACK".

What you are missing that a raymarine-raymarine system has is the ability to command the autopilot to switch to AUTO or STANDBY from within the MFD. Which isn't very useful.

But you are also missing the ability to command it to "navigate to the next waypoint" when a track line is selected on the MFD. The autopilot will select a course to minimize cross track error. It can be disconcerting when you say "follow track", and you are well outside the track line and the autopilot turns your boat 90 degrees and heads straight toward land to rapidly regain track.... the Raymarine MFD, when you have a track line active, allows you from the MFD the choice of either "next waypoint" or "track". The autopilot head only gives you three choices: Wind, AUTO (maintain current heading), or TRACK.

btw, the EV-1 is awesome. Replaced a 12yo Raymarine S-1 on my boat, and it is the best upgrade I have done.
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Re: Raymarine Wheel pilot

I refit my boat with a B&G backbone wind/speed/depth/GPS and connected used a Maretron field-installable connector to link the N2K backbone (B&G) to the SeaTalkng backbone (Raymarine) that came with my EV100 wheel pilot. Remarkably, it all came to life on the first test and has worked like a charm! Specifically, the AP can be set to wind direction or heading from the AP controller. What a game-changer! I love that I can set the wind angle to 0 degrees to raise/lower the main (under power) and to 180 degrees for running dead downwind.
I'm planning to add a Raymarine chart plotter since it can update the AP software/firmware and drive the AP separate from the AP control head. I'm weighing the Axiom7 against the es78.
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>>I'm weighing the Axiom7 against the es78.

I have an Axiom Pro, which has the same keypad controller as the ES78. I find that control pad and joystick cumbersome and almost useless. The touch screen of the Axiom Pro works just fine in the rain, much to my surprise, so the keypad isn't needed.

Just thought I would mention that if the keypad was what was luring you toward the "older" model, over the Axiom series.

Personally, I would go for the Axiom.
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