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Hello, I have a 38ft (11.5m) sailing cruiser with a Raytheon ST5000+
autopilot, Raytheon radar/chart plotter with Wind, Depth, Speed, GPS,
fluxgate compass, etc.
The autopilot works only when travelning west. Attempting to calibrate
the system always fails at the "Turn Boat" phase with a "Too Fast"
error even thou I've done the turn dozens of times exactly by the
book. The ST5000+ compass heading is wildly inaccurate. As the boat
turns the ST5000+ compass display jumps in large increments rather
than smoothly as I would expect.
Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?

Many thanks, Donagh.
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"Donagh" wrote in message
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Hello, I have a 38ft (11.5m) sailing cruiser with a Raytheon ST5000+
autopilot, Raytheon radar/chart plotter with Wind, Depth, Speed, GPS,
fluxgate compass, etc.
The autopilot works only when travelning west. Attempting to calibrate
the system always fails at the "Turn Boat" phase with a "Too Fast"
error even thou I've done the turn dozens of times exactly by the
book. The ST5000+ compass heading is wildly inaccurate. As the boat
turns the ST5000+ compass display jumps in large increments rather
than smoothly as I would expect.
Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?

Many thanks, Donagh.


Is this a new installation or a new problem in an old system?
If in an old system, it sounds like the flux gate compass or its wiring to
the core pack is bad. Have you verified all connections are OK at the core
pack from the compass? Have you added or moved anything metallic near the
flux gate compass such as a microwave oven, refrigerator, etc? This could
cause the calibration failure also. I have chased these kind of problems
before and in one case it turned out to be an electric razor stored on a
shelf in the head and the flux gate was on the bulkhead behind the shelf.
Finding another storage place for the razor solved that one. Are your
calibration turns clockwise? Counterclockwise will fail.
Doug K7ABX


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Is the compass mounted 'correctly' and not being affected by magnetics near
it? (You probably have already checked this)

Paul
www.jcruiser.org
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Hello, I have a 38ft (11.5m) sailing cruiser with a Raytheon ST5000+
autopilot, Raytheon radar/chart plotter with Wind, Depth, Speed, GPS,
fluxgate compass, etc.
The autopilot works only when travelning west. Attempting to calibrate
the system always fails at the "Turn Boat" phase with a "Too Fast"
error even thou I've done the turn dozens of times exactly by the
book. The ST5000+ compass heading is wildly inaccurate. As the boat
turns the ST5000+ compass display jumps in large increments rather
than smoothly as I would expect.
Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?

Many thanks, Donagh.



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On 10 Jun 2004 15:40:53 -0700, (Donagh) wrote:

Hello, I have a 38ft (11.5m) sailing cruiser with a Raytheon ST5000+
autopilot, Raytheon radar/chart plotter with Wind, Depth, Speed, GPS,
fluxgate compass, etc.
The autopilot works only when travelning west. Attempting to calibrate
the system always fails at the "Turn Boat" phase with a "Too Fast"
error even thou I've done the turn dozens of times exactly by the
book. The ST5000+ compass heading is wildly inaccurate. As the boat
turns the ST5000+ compass display jumps in large increments rather
than smoothly as I would expect.
Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?

Many thanks, Donagh.



I had some very weird problems with an AutoHelm compass caused by the
compass sensor getting hung up on its wiring or gimbals (inside the
sensor housing). I opened the sensor housing and made sure the sensor
itself was correctly positioned and free to move - _then_ I was able
to do the calibration, and the pilot worked.


Hmm. I suspect the compass too or wiring to the computer core box. I once
put a caulking gun in a locker on the other side of the compass and the boat
would only turn starboard.

I too had an Autohelm 3000. Sometimes the fluxgate compass would heel over
and jam against the housing and stick throwing everything off.


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Advanced Compass Troubleshooting

Question

After following the Autopilot compass calibration procedure to the letter
the autopilot will still not produce a deviation value. I am fairly
technical is there any advanced troubleshooting I can perform?

Answer

There are two instances that will cause the autopilot compass to not produce
a "deviation" value during the Sea Trial calibration procedure.


The first instance will be if the strength and characteristics of the
magnetic field around the compass is to high for the pilot to get through
the linearization procedure. Make sure that there is nothing around the
compass that would influence this field. This would include equipment
mounted on the other side of the compass bulkhead.

The second instance is a possible problem with the compass or the compass
wiring. You should try to "box" the compass to see if there is an obvious
problem. To "box" the compass put the pilot in STANDBY, next swing the
vessel a full 360 degrees. Even if the compass is out of phase (out of
calibration) you should see a nice smooth swing throughout the entire 360
degrees. A frozen compass heading indicates a problem with the compass
input. Double-check your connections. The autopilot will most likely give
the same frozen indication even if the compass was disconnected. If a
problem with the compass is indicated then this could either be due to the
compass, cable or compass circuit in the autopilot. The next step is to test
the fluxgate compass using the procedure below.

Raymarine Fluxgate Compass Test (Multi-meter required)

Multi-meter should be set to:

(a) Resistance scale

(b) 200 ohm scale

The following procedure should then be followed:

1. Disconnect the transducer from the system.

2. Connect one multi-meter lead to the red wire and the other lead to the
green wire and a reading

as indicated in the test data table should be present.

3. Follow the above procedure for all the color combinations indicated in
the test data table.

4. If all readings match those indicated assume the compass transducer is
functioning correctly.

Compass Test Data:

Compass
Cable Colors
Resistance

Measurements
Comments

Red to Green
4 ohms
Measurement is taken between the two colors





Red to Yellow
4 ohms
As above

Green to Yellow
8 ohms
As above

Screen to Blue
8 ohms
As above

All other combinations
Open Circuit




You are looking for a short or open. A +or - 2 Ohm reading is allowed.

If this check indicates a fault with the compass then you will be best
served by replacing the compass. If no problem is indicated then you should
send the compass and the course computer to a repair facility for
evaluation.

The text is from Raymarines hompage

Regards, TomS





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Hello, I have a 38ft (11.5m) sailing cruiser with a Raytheon ST5000+
autopilot, Raytheon radar/chart plotter with Wind, Depth, Speed, GPS,
fluxgate compass, etc.
The autopilot works only when travelning west. Attempting to calibrate
the system always fails at the "Turn Boat" phase with a "Too Fast"
error even thou I've done the turn dozens of times exactly by the
book. The ST5000+ compass heading is wildly inaccurate. As the boat
turns the ST5000+ compass display jumps in large increments rather
than smoothly as I would expect.
Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?

Many thanks, Donagh.



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Tying the autopilot in any direction other than West results in a
change of direction or a "No Data" error.
Any ideas?


Last time I saw a "no data" message it was a bad cable.

Capt. Bill
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