gyro autopilot compas heading in Gear Anarchy Posted December 21, 2018 Hallelujah, someone who has actually used the 5000 series pilot downwind! Chucky, could you elaborate just a little, in terms of the kind of winds and seas you were in when you talk about hard reaching running conditions? Also, was the system running with the Hercules level software? And were the wind sensors up top mounted on one of those (~31") masthead extensions, or the just on a wand that didn't elevate them to well above masthead. Finally, do you know if the H5000 pilots are in widespread use on Class 40s? I would assume that if they've achieved a decent share of active racers, then they're probably pretty well tested; however B&Gs marketing materials don't really make such a claim. For what it's worth on rams, a local service guy strongly advised me to use the L&S ram, saying they were as close to bombproof as you get on boats. He also said their resistance when not being used was less than other hydraulic rams. However, I see B&G brochures that indicate a re-design had reduced their resistance by 30%, and I'd find it hard to believe they aren't very dependable. I think there may be some design differences that do favor the L&S, particularly in tight quarters - which is why I'm likely to go with it, although would love to hear that the DD15 was a good choice as well. Also, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss any of this separately.