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Old 01-28-2015, 06:36 AM
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Hey Guys, I would like to add a autopilot to my Contender 27. I currently have a NavNet vx2 on the boat. I am thinking about adding a Ray Marine Evo-100 autopilot as it is inexpensive at 1300 bucks(including pump), and I am getting really tired of driving the boat each way offshore. Does anyone have any experience with this autopilot and or networking it to a NavNet Vx2.

In time I plan to upgrade the chart plotter to a NSS evo 2 or a garmin vsx. When I do that networking should be easy as both are nema 2K. But until then, I would like to know I will still get full functionality with the navnet (nema 0183).

Could I use the Ray EVO-100 without connecting it to the navnet? If I did this I would I be able to manually enter my bearing in the auto pilot, and have it hold that line?

Always open to other suggestions and thanks in advance for your help.
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I am 99% sure that the unit only works with NMEA2K. While I was researching the same unit, it appears to me that it requires a GPS to operate but I could be wrong.


FWIW, you could get a smaller A series to interface with it fairly cheap. I do know that software updates to the unit require a Raymarine MFD or you can take it to a dealer.
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Yes the Evo100 can operate without connection as stand alone autopilot system.
Just enter bearing and press auto key.
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I think you need the Ev-200 for a boat that size.
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
I think you need the Ev-200 for a boat that size.
I have a single HC5358 steering cylinder on my outboards(I think this cylinder is slightly smaller since they are 2 stroke engines). The cylinder has an internal volume of 8.5 inch. I think the type .5 pump that comes with the EV-100 is capable of cylinders up to 9.0 inches. after some research I think there was some initial confusion about the capacity of the .5 pump due to a manufacturer change early on in production.
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That boat is kinda heavy and would not be ideal for the EV-100 system. You really need the EV-200 using the larger type 1 pump. The faster you go the worse the performance will be.
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The ev-200 was insufficient as we have dual cylinders running in circuit. Had to move up to the ev-400 and it works great. I was told you want to have a bit extra room for the pumps power.
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Originally Posted by SnapperShooter View Post
Hey Guys, I would like to add a autopilot to my Contender 27. I currently have a NavNet vx2 on the boat. I am thinking about adding a Ray Marine Evo-100 autopilot as it is inexpensive at 1300 bucks(including pump), and I am getting really tired of driving the boat each way offshore. Does anyone have any experience with this autopilot and or networking it to a NavNet Vx2.

In time I plan to upgrade the chart plotter to a NSS evo 2 or a garmin vsx. When I do that networking should be easy as both are nema 2K. But until then, I would like to know I will still get full functionality with the navnet (nema 0183).

Could I use the Ray EVO-100 without connecting it to the navnet? If I did this I would I be able to manually enter my bearing in the auto pilot, and have it hold that line?

Always open to other suggestions and thanks in advance for your help.
You need the Evolution 200 for a boat your size, bite the bullet and spend the extra cash for the 200.

No Nema 0183 in the Evolution A/Ps 2000 only. The Evolution will work stand a lone in heading but I find mine performs much better when it is getting GPS Data from the plotter.
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You will not be happy with the Ev100 you need the Ev200. the ev100 will be over worked and current limit when you need the unit most. You would be better served with the Sitex SP110,

http://www.boemarine.com/si-tex-sp-1...eversing-pump/
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Btw, Raymarine is offering a $200 rebate on the EV-200.
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Originally Posted by John_Madison CT View Post
Btw, Raymarine is offering a $200 rebate on the EV-200.
And the Defender Sale is not that far off.....
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Why wait for defender I got it going on NOW!
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Why wait for defender I got it going on NOW!
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After hearing that the ev-100 will not work, I doubt I would go raymarine since the EVO-200 is more than the new Garmin reactor. I also wanted the reactor initially by my cheap side came out when I figured I could save 1200 by going with the EVO-100.
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Originally Posted by SnapperShooter View Post
After hearing that the ev-100 will not work, I doubt I would go raymarine since the EVO-200 is more than the new Garmin reactor. I also wanted the reactor initially by my cheap side came out when I figured I could save 1200 by going with the EVO-100.
I don't believe most people are aware the autopilot pump is not included in the entry price.

Additionally, it would be prone to the same prematurer pump failures that have been identified in the past. The model with the brushless pump is really a much more reliable unit, albeit its a ton more, but a lot more reliable.
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