Sun Feb 11 2024 – So far so good, as the nav system is now being routed to different displays. Ended up with just two independent networks; the MFD and Pilot. Still some more work to do as you cannot troubleshoot intermittent faults at the dock. The more elimination work I can do out here, the higher my confidence will be in the repair. Had to wrap up today’s efforts as the breeze hit 30 knots and Roaring Forty was itching to to go for a bit of a ride. I furled away the fantastic Zoom Sails J2.5 and hoisted the Hydranet J4 Heavy Weather Jib in preparation for the nights entertainment. Still wearing the 4th reef as so that risk of damage due to an autopilot dropout is minimised.
Ray was well behaved this afternoon and there were no alarms on the Raymarine EVO autopilot system in either Standby or Auto. The RS150 GPS or its aft run of cable appears to be the culprit. I have relocated the GPS unit and temporarily zip tied it under the hard dodger and connected to the Axiom+7. This solution returned my AIS and DSC capability and isolated the unit from the autopilot. All good so far. Eric’s helming has improved so he is in control of the helm for tonight’s blow. I want to limit any hard use on the damaged starboard tiller arm.