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    B&G H3000 Migration Route

    Hi, Thanks very much for this expert insight, that is really useful. On that basis, if I was to get the Fastnet Interface would the pilot controller (https://ww2.bandg.com/product/h5000-pilot-controller/) drive the ACP1 pilot brain I currently have, or would I need the H5000 pilot computer straight away (https://ww2.bandg.com/product/h5000-autopilot-computer/).? If so would it work with my existing hydraulic ram? Thanks again for your help
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    B&G H3000 Migration Route

    Hello, I find myself in the exact same position that you were in. The GPD on my h3000 system has packed up and I am struggling to find something to replace it with. Like you I am reluctant to invest heavily for new A+T instruments on an old and unsupported system. Out of interest, which route did you take in the end? Also, are there any options to separate the pilot and the rest of the system by changing to a different head unit and maybe pilot brain to at least make use of the drive etc? I mostly steer myself but do a lot of solo stuff and just need to be able to leave the helm, so steering a straight line by compass will do fine to ensure I can manoeuvre. I was always pretty dubious about the H3000 system's ability to do much more anyway. In the longer term I may upgrade but if I have to replace the lot I may go NKE as I had that on the last boat and much preferred it. Any retrospective advice on how your situation resolved itself would be appreciated!
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    B&G h3000 autopilot woes

    Thanks for the swift reply, yes I do have the hydraulic ram and drive. I also have the brain (ACP1) that works fine too, so replacing the head with a compatible one may be the first option, but it could be a plan to replace the brain too if not and separate from the rest of the system. Thanks for your suggestion
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    B&G h3000 autopilot woes

    Hello, I am hoping someone may be able to help. I have a B&G h3000 system which controls the instruments and pilot on my A31. The pilot display (GPD) which controls the ACP1 has stopped functioning correctly and the LCD screen is faint and unreadable and as a result is basically unusable. Despite the boat being only 8 years old, Navico tell me that the H3000 system is no longer supported and spares are not available. So that means I either need to a) repair what I have, b) replace it with a used one if I can find one, c) replace it with something else that may be compatible such as h1000 or h2000, d) replace the whole lot with something different, which may need to wait until the winter. I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of these systems, their compatibility or anything for sale that may do the job. Thanks!
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    B&G RemoteVision needed

    Hi All, I have had a few requests for further information from people building their own systems like this and it is good to see that working solutions are being implemented. By way of installation help, here are a couple of photos: Inside the ACP 1: Inside the Viper unit:
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    B&G RemoteVision needed

    Hi Martin, Many thanks for your message, a few months ago I would have been delighted to get it! However, I have now found a really good solution in the above so the Remote Vision is now surplus to requirement. If you put it on eBay, I am sure you will get a good price. I would have paid a lot if I had seen one before I designed the above solution, so I am sure you will make someone's day. Thanks a lot anyway, Rupert
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    B&G ACP1 Handheld controller interface

    After much research on this topic, I built a fully functional solution to this which I have written up here:
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    B&G RemoteVision needed

    Just to bring this one full circle. I searched for ages to try and find a B&G Remote Vision, with no success. However, I did manage to build a solution fairly cheaply, which some of you may be interested in to avoid the many hours of research I had to do to get there. This solution centres around creating a remote control unit for the B&G ACP1 or ACP2. It does not matter what other instrumentation or pilot display system is attached to this pilot as the system interacts directly with the pilot. This pilot was built to operate with a wired handheld unit and you can see this in the opertaing manual here: https://www.manualshelf.com/manual/b-g/network-pilot-acp/manual-english/page-58.html . Obviously a wired handled is cumbersome on a yacht when fed outside into the cockpit, but you can use the ports available to connect the handheld to attach a Wireless remote control system whose relays can throw the switches that the wired handheld would normally do. The unit I used to do this is designed to open garage doors. It can be found here: https://www.rfsolutions.co.uk/remote-control-systems-c9/viper-remote-control-systems-c17 I contacted them directly and they built me an 8 channel version of the Viper system. It is waterproof and you can easily pair additional remote units. They will even build you a custom made sticker for on/off, -1 +1, -10 +10 if you ask to replace the numbers 1 to 8 on the standard transmitter. I then used the following wiring combination to create the right switches which mirrors the job that the handheld would have done. AP OFF: black-white AP ON: black-brown +10: black-yellow -10: black-blue +1: black-violet -1: black-green You need to link the pre-determined relay switch to relevant coloured switch port on the ACP unit and then follow the process to get the RF receiver to 'learn' the command from the remote transmitter but RF supply instructions to do this. The system works really well and I can now alter the pilot whilst on the foredeck sailing singlehanded without issue. Project cost approx £150
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    B&G ACP1 Handheld controller interface

    Hi, I was wondering how you got on with this project. I have just inherited an H3000 system with ACP1 pilot and I too am missing the remote control. I am looking to either obtain a Remote Vision unit or reverse engineer one in the way you describe. If you have any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Hi All, I am on the lookout for a B&G Remote Vision remote control and wireless port to retrofit to a B&G H3000 set up. The system is fitted to a 2010 A31 and the product has been discontinued and B&G don't have any left. If anyone has one they want to sell, please be in touch. It looks like this: http://www.bandg.com/en-GB/products/RemoteVision/ Thanks a lot,
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    Whatever happened to the Classe 950?

    Forgot to mention the Figaro 2 on my short list too
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    Whatever happened to the Classe 950?

    Hi guys I read this thread with interest while looking for my next boat. I know it is a few years old but there is some good stuff up here and I wonder what the present situation is with the 9.50? I am in my third season with a Mini 6.50 and love it. Fast and fun, easy to sail short handed, properly kitted out and fully offshore rated and spend much of my time sailing on my own to a holiday destination to meet my wife and young son where we then potter about on it. Done plenty of racing the past and have a background in skiffs and 49ers, but now mostly interested in fast cruising with a proper performance boat and less bothered about home comforts of most cruising caravans. Not bothered about IRC since I won't really be racing it. I would gladly hear opinions on my short list and any info about the 9.50 which I have not managed to dig up much on. The guys who started the Rogers Design 9.50 have said they could produce a hull and deck for me, but not sure I am quite up to doing the rest, but it is still a possibility. I couldnt find any evidence of a completed boat and not sure if the project is still really on. The short list is: Pogo 10.50 Pogo 30 (pretty new so can't find any used boats and delivery on a new one is long - not sure I can afford it either) Akilaria 9.50 Class 40 ( maybe one day anyway - bit big for where I live right now possibly) A couple of people have suggested the Sunfast 3200 but I have no experience of these and I struggle a bit with the whole Jeanneau thing, but maybe that is just me. Any thoughts or recent experiences out there? Cheers