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Legacy Analogue Autohelm Radar and SPX5 autopilot

Grenville Hancock

Grenville Hancock
Boat name
Vannes, Morbihan
Boat type
Moody 35
Cruising area
West France
Hi all,

This note is an advance warning of the fact that I am in the process of undertaking a major upgrade of the electronics on Venturia.

The upgrade consists of:
a) replacing the WORKING current SPX5 wheel pilot with an Evolution 200 linear drive pilot
b) replacing the WORKING SL70/72 monochrome analogue radar with a HD digital radar
c) replacing the Navman 5600 tracker with a Raymarine MFD
d) replacing the original NON SELF SEALING through hull speed/log transducer with a self sealing transducer.

Once the refit has been completed in April, I will be offering the following available on ebay:
a) Z268 (SL70/72), monochrome radar display - working as of September 2017
b) Raytheon analogue raydome - working as of September 2017
c) SPX5 wheel pilot controller - working as of March 2018
d) Grey Autohelm wheel drive unit - working as of March 2018
e) TWO Autohelm electronic fluxgate compass sensors - one working as of March 2018, the other unused (it came with the SPX5 wheel pilot system but I saw no need to replace the original)
f) Autohelm Z101 wired remote control for autopilot
g) Autohelm ST6001 autopilot control head display

I will not be offering the Navman 5600 tracker for sale as the rocker button seems to be a little intermittent, although someone might find the, albeit out of date, C-Map card wide area card, covering L'Aberwrac'h to Spain, useful.

I will hopefully also have a rudder sensor unit available, though at the moment, I don't seem to be able to find the end fittings for the connecting rod.

As I say, these parts are not yet available (partly because the autopilot will not be removed until the boat returns to her home port of Vannes, from Port du Crouesty, at the end of the month), but if anyone is interested, then I will undertake to let you know before they go on general sale.

I am also hopeful of recovering the whole of the Radar cable intact (well there is a join behind the headlining) but IMHO it has little value.

Finally, I have at least one, perhaps two, spare belts for grey wheel pilots which may be of interest to someone.