I have a new Reactor 40 I installed last year with the Smart Pump and wireless remote. Initially, I installed the compass too close to a new fridge, causing erratic full rudder events. No issues since the compass relocation.
The Smart Pump is a powerful SOB that you better respect. When doing the Dealer “at dock” configuration, remember to back off of the rudder stops a bit when setting the full-rudder left & right parameters on these older boats. Otherwise, the pump will jam the rudder against the stops and you’ll need to bleed the system to get the rudder to release.
The wireless Remote Control is a really neat item to just point in a direction an the auto pilot follows. But something in the Remote goes haywire every now and then and does full rudder left for some reason. As long as the Remote is turned off, no issues. Still trying to find the cause for that.
The Reactor 40 anticipates boat movement, rolling and pitching well. Ride in washtub conditions with confused waves is much improved over a human at the wheel (which is why we selected the unit over competitors). It’s ability to calculate, anticipate and quickly make adjustments to help negate roll & pitch is faster and smarter than I can do it.
Garmin Support seems to have an assortment of agents, some who know stuff and others not so much. I’ve gotten conflicting info from several, especially regarding exactly what plotters work with the Reactor 40. Good luck with that.
Cost of the whole system was about $4300 for us. We retained our old 17 cu.in. cylinder, but rebuilt it entirely…another $200. Make sure your lines are in good shape. That Smart Pump will reveal any weakness.
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