Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by Neo » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:45 pm

UPDATE
It's been hard to make progress with this project but I managed to get the X-5 fitted and working. So far it only been tested for a short time on the water and I need to complete the calibration but so far it's working well.https://i.imgur.com/6WmOhUC.mp4

Also I stumbled on some information about the Raymarine optional Rudder Reference Sensor which has enabled me to make my own for a few dollars. Electrically it's working but mechanical fitment has been much harder than anticipated. Will post up photo's when I have a fully working design.

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by kurz » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:18 am

just to aks:
What will be the benefit of the rudder sensor?

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by Neo » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:08 am

kurz wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:18 am
just to aks: What will be the benefit of the rudder sensor?
Well Raymarine claim the " Rudder Angle Transducer" improves bearing tracking accuracy .... But I'm not prepared to pay $350 to find out if that's true or not :D
From my prospective if it reduces oversteer then in theory that means less port/starboard turns (especially set on a lower controller Response rate) to maintain the current bearing ... That should translate to less operations of the steering motor and lower the power consumption. Which is important to me at the moment as I've not installed solar yet.

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by kurz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:54 am

well, I use ev-100. I don't see any need of improving. Works perfect.

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by kurz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:03 am

by the way: Best rudder position instrument is this:
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https://www.westmarine.com/buy/davis-in ... or--204008

Low cost, 1min installing, and you know where your rudder is.

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by kurz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:06 am

by the way: Best rudder position instrument is this:
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https://www.compass24.com/navigation/in ... -indicator

Low cost, 1min installing, and you know where your rudder is.

I like it, never want to miss it.

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Re: Sportdrive X-5 ... Ok or not for a Mac?

Post by Neo » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:43 pm

kurz wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:03 am
by the way: Best rudder position instrument is this:
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/davis-in ... or--204008
Low cost, 1min installing, and you know where your rudder is.
I have on of those Kurz ... I'm actually not impressed with it because it get shaken and misaligned when I tow.
Either way the Raymarine " Rudder Angle Transducer" is for the computer to know the rudder angle (to assist with the steering) not me :)

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