Notices
Marine Electronics Forum

Raymarine S5000+ Autopilot experience

Old 12-03-2019, 06:32 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 18
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).
kgiesselman is online now  
Old 12-03-2019, 03:32 PM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Marco Island, FL
Posts: 3,369
Default

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.
HDRyder999 is offline  
Old 12-03-2019, 10:39 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location:
Posts: 782
Default

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 outdated.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.
catch232 is offline  
Old 12-05-2019, 05:08 AM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 182
Default

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.

Jake
JG400 is offline  
Old 12-05-2019, 02:49 PM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 18
Default

Thanks all. Will pull and dump the S500+.
kgiesselman is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.