Originally Posted by Tomakris
Currently on my boat I have a old wood freeman 500 auto pilot. Occasionally for no reason it pulls hard to port when Iím underway. Itís not a handy problem to have if Iím loaded with crab pots or outback salmon trolling.
If some one has a gist on that it would be appreciated.
Hereís my current thought. I have a Simrad AP35 with the J300x junction unit. Through my current googling Iíve landed here. Iím curious if I get the rc25 compass.
Can I hook it into the current woody drive motor and rubber feed back?
From the Simrad Compass Manual: "RC25 is a ďRobnetĒ compass that substitutes the previous RFC35R Rate Compass. It comes with 15m (49í) cable with Robnet connector and is used with the following autopilots: AP50, AP35, AP20/21/22, AP11 and AP300X."
The RC25 is the preferred compass for use with this series of autopilots. If the compass cable has the original Simnet connector, just plug it into the back of the AP35. Alternately, you can connect the individual cable conductors to the J300X Main PCB, TB15. These will definitely all play well together. You will also need a Simrad RF300 rudder feedback unit.
As for your connection to the Wood Freeman AP, I can't say. The J300X has the standard 12VDC contacts for a reversable pump as well as individual solenoid contacts if required by your drive unit. Don't forget to perform the Dockside settings to select the fluxgate compass, and the Seatrial settings. All of this is covered in your AP35 Manual.