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Offline daanneep

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Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« on: February 18, 2007, 12:41:47 PM »
Hello,

I need som advice regarding an autopilot. Does anyone have experience regarding the use of an Raymarine Smartpilot (S1G) with a Linear Drive unity Type 1.  How is the performance sailing downwind PErformance in general?

Also, any take on the performance aspect of the two pilots (Raymarine S1G vs NKE)?

I have Raymarine equipment on the boat already and when asking NKE about the pilot they specfically say that wind mode might not work properly due to NMEA bus is used and it is much slower then their own wind intrument... Anyone experienced this?

Thanks in advance
Regards
Daniel



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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2007, 14:38:02 PM »
its a second best, NKE rocks.
the type 1 is not much used on the minis, never heard good stories of it.normally st4000

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2007, 16:13:51 PM »
Use the S1G computer along with the drive from the ST4000.

In my brief experience with a NKE pilot I found it to be a lot better at controlling the boat out of the box, however, it is expensive, has a much higher power draw and you loose a large amount of feel in the helm in light winds.  Using NMEA bus to transfer wind data may well not be the best of ideas either.

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 11:31:17 AM »
An update on the Autopilot

There seem to be a new Autopilot from Raymarine S1 GP Tillerpilot which is suppoed to have a built in Rategyro. Any thoughts on this?

/Daniel

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007, 12:15:17 PM »
It is an S1G computer with a ST4000 GP ram, I think they just made what a lot of people do a formal product!

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 17:27:18 PM »
The S1 GP Tiller Pilot seem to be (lookin at price/performance) an OK setup. Specially if already Raymarine equip on the boat. The price for the package is around ~2000 Euro.

Thanks for the replies!
/Daniel

(NKE is for next boat..! :)

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2007, 00:16:26 AM »
When I talked to Raymarine US about autopilot, they suggested the S2G computer not the S1G.

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2007, 19:14:38 PM »
i believe the difference was one more nmea input thingy...

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Re: Raymarine Smartpilot S1G (vs NKE pilot)
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2007, 22:04:14 PM »
I beleive you are right Leo -- there is one more NEMA input. Also, the S2G is suppose to be rated for higher output, if one was to ever use a hydraulic drive unit with the system. I have the S2G running the 4000 drive unit and I thought I would connect a LS hyrdaulic drive as well, though never have. The S1G should work fine with all electric drives.

Clay