Autopilot system for tiller-steered sailing vessels up to 13,000lb (6,000kg) fully laden displacement. Control head not included.
The rugged drive unit of the SmartPilot X-5 Tiller autopilot makes it the perfect choice for larger tiller steered yachts and racers. The SmartPilot X-5 Tiller autopilot is designed for vessels with a laden displacement of up to 6,000kg (13,200lbs). Choose the more powerful SmartPilot Tiller X-5 GP for vessels with a laden displacement of up to 7,500kg (16,500lbs).
Choose the SmartPilot X-5 tiller corepack and combine with your choice of
autopilot control head to complete your system.
Choose the SmartPilot X-5 tiller corepack and combine with your choice of autopilot control head to complete your system.
Combine with any of the following autopilot control heads:
- ST70 Color autopilot control
- ST7002 Large screen control
- ST8002 Large screen with rotary control
You can steer straight to a waypoint, lock on to a given wind angle, or simply set and follow a course to steer by making the most of the full SeaTalk and NMEA compatibility.
The fluxgate compass is separated from the drive unit for greater accuracy and you can mount the control unit wherever it will be within easy reach for you. SmartPilot X-5 Tiller is also equipped with the latest SeaTalkng networking and features and integrated rate gyro processors ensuring razor-sharp course keeping under any conditions..
Complete with everything needed for easy installation, the SmartPilot X-5 Tiller is quick to fit and simple to use. Used by the world’s top single-handed race skippers, Raymarine tiller pilots meet the demands of the serious sailor.
Remember, always take the fully laden displacement weight of your vessel into account. This is often 20% above the designed displacement. Do not choose a pilot which will always be working at the limit of its design capabilities.
- Easy-to-install cockpit mounted drive unit can be detached for quick storage
- Built-in rate gyro sensor with Raymarine AST (Advanced Steering Technology) gives superb steering performance and boat handling
- AutoLearn technology simplifies calibration and enables the autopilot to automatically adapt to changing sea conditions
- AutoTack automatically turns the boat through a user-programmable turn. Perfect for when sailing with a shorthanded crew
- Auto Speed Gain adjusts the amount of helm applied at different boat speeds for a smooth, safe ride
- Wind Vane Mode: Utilizing wind information from SeaTalk wind instruments SmartPilot steers to wind angle and sets the boat up so that the sails are at full trim (balanced)
- Fully adjustable Wind Trim setting (9 levels) provides superior performance in gusty conditions
- AutoSeastate and AutoTrim modes automatically adjust for changing wind and sea conditions to hold the best course
- Course Memory: After a manual course change to avoid an obstruction, simply press Auto for one second to return to your previous course
- SeaTalk®, SeaTalkng, NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 compatible
- Modular system includes
- SmartPilot X-5 course computer
- Rugged, cockpit mounted drive unit
- Fluxgate compass
- System can be expanded with multiple autopilot controls and wireless hand held remote controls
X-5 Course Computer Specifications
- Nominal voltage (volts DC) - 12v systems
- Absolute voltage range (volts DC) - 10 - 16 volts
- Overall dimensions (LxWxD) 237 x 170 x 55 mm (9.6 x 6.7 x 2.2 in)
- Course computer weight kg (lbs) 0.55 kg (1.2 lb)
- Mounting methods bulkhead
- NMEA input connections (0183) 1
- NMEA output connections (0183) 1
- SeaTalk connections 2
- SeaTalkng connections 1
- Approvals EMC, FCC, IC and CE marked
- Operating temperature range -10º C to +55º C
- Non-operating temperature range -20º C to +70º C
- Waterproofing standard drip resistant
Tiller Pilot Drive Specifications
- Nominal voltage 12v systems
- Absolute voltage range 10 - 16 volts
- Current consumption (standby) 60mA
- Operating temperature range -10º C to +70º C
- Non-operating temperature range -10º C to +70º C
- Waterproofing standard CFR46
- Thrust 84 kg (185 lbs)
- Stroke 254 mm (10”)
- Max. recommended laden Standard Drive: 6,000kg (13,000 lbs)
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- Nifty Idea
- Current Draw Excessive
- Difficult To Install
- Glitchy Software
- Small Boats
Comments about SPX 5 Corepack (No Control Head):
I have had this unit installed on my 27' sloop for about 6 months, and the following has been my experience, up until now. RayMarine's advertising suggests that this is an easy install. In some few cases, I imagine that this may be true. Keep in mind that each installation is custom, depending on your particular boat, and some installations have the potential to be quite complex and frustrating (see YouTube for some examples).After you go through the trouble (and expense!) of a proper installation, you still need to work out the unit's current draw requirements over time. RayMarine has been extremely careful NOT to release 'typical' current draw scenarios, or even a simple maximum load / maximum continuous current draw number that could be used to give some sort of baseline idea of what to expect. This is understandable, they want to sell units and not scare away potential customers! I found, after long testing in moderate sea conditions that you can expect this unit to draw in the 3 amp-hour range. I've also seen approximately this number, from other users. This means that in a simple 10 hour voyage-period you could potentially expect a 30 amp-hour battery debit. Using this unit for 24 hours in moderate conditions could set you back as much as 75 amp-hours, depending on your vessel's performance. On my unit, I've had an endless problem with an annoying, unstable compass heading reading. Tech support has been somewhat helpful, but has not been successful in resolving the problem, so far.Another problem I have noticed is that the unit has trouble staying to a GPS route. I've got a Garmin chartplotter that communicates via NMEA to the autopilot (AP). While the AP will generally hold a somewhat decent parallel course, there is usually a substantial cross track error, making this feature untrustworthy in tighter quarters.The autotack feature is pretty nifty, when it works. In the newer versions of the firmware, they no longer give you the option to select reciprocal tack angles, so sometimes the tack will be unsuccessful, particularly ugly when you're single-handing in moderate to heavier conditions, when you were expecting this feature to function properly.The 'wind vane' function is a nice idea, but don't expect it to be as reliable as a real wind vane. I have a Raymarine apparent wind indicator set-up that communicates directly with the AP via SeaTalk. I have noticed that steering the boat in 'wind van' mode can be dicey, at times, depending on conditions. I have often switched back to 'auto' mode after experiencing unstable performance in 'wind vane' mode, and I am careful about my expectations for this feature.Raymarine customer service is pretty good, but don't be surprised when they don't provide you with certain, otherwise obvious, answers. For example, don't ask them how you can purchase the one working part most prone to failure, as a stand alone. The tiller drive is not a stand alone item in their marketing minds, and they want you to purchase the core pack as a safeguard against tiller drive failure. Also, NEVER expect that they will help you out with current draw figures for the unit, other than draw during idle.Knowing what I know today, about this unit, I don't think I would have made this equipment choice. There are plenty of other self-steer options out there, and the prudent skipper should take the time to explore these.