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Old 12-03-2019, 06:32 AM
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Default Raymarine S5000+ Autopilot experience

I have purchased a boat that is equipped with a Raymarine S5000+ Autopilot. The previous owner disclosed that the autopilot has never worked (he owned the boat for the previous ten years).

I have been crawling around under consoles and such and have found the compass was never connected. I am not sure what else is wrong but it is clear it was not installed fully (or correctly). Is this autopilot worth trying to salvage? I am pulling all the older analog instruments and a Garmin 93v to replace them with newer Raymarine (E series displays).
Old 12-03-2019, 03:32 PM
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The Raymarine 5000 series autopilots were known to be problematic, including an unanticipated hard over turn. If I owned a 5000 series I'd replace the computer with a newer computer and continue to use the installed pump and accessories.
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Agree with HDRyder... outdated. If this is an outboard boat, their linear rudder feedback unit was a pos too. Fragile, poorly made and eventually water would get inside. And, it has to have the feedback unit. Won't work without it.
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I've had numerous outboard powered boats all with Robertson/Simrad auto pilots that worked great when the linear feedback sensor was working. The linear feedback sensors all crapped out after two or three years. A couple of hundred bucks later and they were back up and running. That sensor is the weak point. My new boat that I bought in 2015 has the Furuno 711c outboard sensor-less system. It's worked every bit as well as the Robertson systems without having to go through the intricate tuning and adjusting while underway. I also find the Sabiki mode which will steer the boat backwards to be a real big help as well. The other manufactures of auto pilots have probably figured out how to copy Furuno and get rid of the linear feedback sensor and I wouldn't consider any system that used one.

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Thanks all. Will pull and dump the S500+.

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