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Old 12-18-2020, 07:40 PM
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Looking for an opinion from someone with experience with these units. Iím trying to determine where to install it.

A possibly location is above the MFDs where the stereo is currently located. Itís easy to see but not easy to reach.

The second location is to the bottom left of the helm where a switch block used to be. Visual is not as good but pretty ok and itís easy to reach.

Whatís more important? How easy is it to navigate without needing to stare at the screen? Will be using this mostly for trolling but also probably while on plane. Will also be using trolling patterns but Iíll be walking around the cabin at that point and visual is fine at both locations for that.

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Originally Posted by CheqBay View Post
Looking for an opinion from someone with experience with these units. I’m trying to determine where to install it.

A possibly location is above the MFDs where the stereo is currently located. It’s easy to see but not easy to reach.

The second location is to the bottom left of the helm where a switch block used to be. Visual is not as good but pretty ok and it’s easy to reach.

What’s more important? How easy is it to navigate without needing to stare at the screen? Will be using this mostly for trolling but also probably while on plane. Will also be using trolling patterns but I’ll be walking around the cabin at that point and visual is fine at both locations for that.
Your autopilot control is going to become one of if not the the most used piece of electronics on your boat. You will be touching it frequently and wanting to see the data it displays. Can’t say where it should go on your boat without seeing your layout but priority wise on a scale of 1-10 , with 1 being most important and 10 being least important an autopilot control head would be 1 and stereo a 10.

Here is my P70 just left of the RADAR, in the six seasons since installing the autopilot I’ve used the control head so much that the rubber band around the knob wore off.

You will want to easily see and touch your autopilot control head. If you don’t have a spot in your dash to accommodate the P70, I would consider moving another electronic component of lower priority.

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Mpellet Iím definitely on the same page with you that the AP control is more important than the stereo. That stereo is going away either way and will probably just go to a Bluetooth enabled amp to free up console space.

Whatís the control head telling you that your MFD or compass isnít? Will be running two RM axiom 9s networked with a Quantum 2 radar.

Also if you had to guess why is your control knob rubber worn off? Constant course corrections or navigating through the interface? Mainly Iím wondering if I would rather have the controller as physically close as the steering wheel or do I have to have the control head in my field of view in which case itís less comfortable to adjust course.
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Mpellet I’m definitely on the same page with you that the AP control is more important than the stereo. That stereo is going away either way and will probably just go to a Bluetooth enabled amp to free up console space.

What’s the control head telling you that your MFD or compass isn’t? Will be running two RM axiom 9s networked with a Quantum 2 radar.

Also if you had to guess why is your control knob rubber worn off? Constant course corrections or navigating through the interface? Mainly I’m wondering if I would rather have the controller as physically close as the steering wheel or do I have to have the control head in my field of view in which case it’s less comfortable to adjust course.

Knob wore off because I almost never hand steer the boat with the wheel. When I am underway 99% of the time the pilot is engaged. Whenever practical I am running in “track” following a saved route or navigating to a waypoint in the chart plotter. In that instance knob doesn’t see any use but in a channel, harbor, etc the knob on the P70 gets used like a wheel would. After 4 years the rubber on the wheel stared getting gummy and flaking off, rather then deal with that I removed the rubber, the knob on my P70 is now just hard plastic.

Most functions of autopilot are controllable on my Raymarine plotter but not all and it’s much more efficient to accomplish most commands on the P70 buttons vice touchscreen plotter. Your running a newer plotter and the software in your P70 might perform differently then mine does but IMO easy touch and a good view of the P70 is absolutely essential.
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Mpellet Ok thank you for your advice. Iím leaning towards the bottom left of the helm. The MFDs take up all the prime real estate so these are the only options. I can see the AP from this location itís just at about a 25 degree downward angle. This is inside a hardtop so I donít have to deal with sunlight.
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Mpellet Ok thank you for your advice. Iím leaning towards the bottom left of the helm. The MFDs take up all the prime real estate so these are the only options. I can see the AP from this location itís just at about a 25 degree downward angle. This is inside a hardtop so I donít have to deal with sunlight.
Are youíre putting in a Raymarine Evolution Autopilot?
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Yup itís the EV-150 and I might add a rudder position sensor but not sure about that yet.
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Yup itís the EV-150 and I might add a rudder position sensor but not sure about that yet.
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Connect the stereo to your bluetooth phone and hide it anywhere. Keep the AP control head conveniently close. We use our P70R while navigating the boat almost as much as the steering wheel itself.
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Connect the stereo to your bluetooth phone and hide it anywhere. Keep the AP control head conveniently close. We use our P70R while navigating the boat almost as much as the steering wheel itself.
This, I put mine in front of the throttles cause that was where I had a good space (coincidentally my stereo remote was there)
Bad move, when I reach for it when it is a little rough I end up hitting the throttle every time. I will be moving it before next season

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