Raymarine Autopilot C380

Posted by Tim: TKP62@aol.com 04/07/2009 I’ll chime in here as I have been doing a lot of research to upgrade my A/H. This is all Raymarine info, as I have no experience or knowledge on Furuno units. I have a 1999 C380 with (factory?) installed ST6000 and a Type I linear drive (electric ball-screw type ram drive) mounted under the transom step and connected to an Edson arm (this part is readily available from Edson, and is specifically designed for linear drive units). The ST6000 is an old unit with no other unit other than the control head, where all electrical connections are made. It does not handle heavy seas very well at all, and forget quartering seas. It will steer to a waypoint (if properly connected to a GPS), or a wind angle, as well as a simple compass course. It is a basic A/H. The last (now retired)

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Motor Mount Replacement Process

Motor Mount Replacement Process: 1. I replaced the original front motor mounts by first separating the prop to engine coupler so I could later tilt the engine to slide out the mounts, one corner at a time. 2. I noted the number of stud treads exposed on either side of the up/down adjustment nuts and marked the new motor mount stud for that engine corner accordingly so I could duplicate the same adjustment setting on the new mount for that specific corner. 3. Traced the outline of the original motor mount as it rested on the hull engine grid ( stringer) to ensure the side to side bolts adjustment template spacing is recorded before removing the engine mount to hull grid by removing the hull attachment bolts. 4. I then removed the stud adjustment nut securing the engine to the mount so the engine could be lifted above the mount

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So you want to try the ICW?

So you want to try the ICW? or What to do for your winter vacation! Bob Bierly 5/15/2005 Hull #255 In the February 2005 Mainsheet, Earle Ellefsen, our C380 Commodore was pondering how to prepare for an 8-month trip down the eastern seaboard from New England to Florida and the Bahamas or beyond. Although not having all the answers, my comments will be from the perspective of having made the major part of that trip twice in CMON WIND, our C380 hull #255. Although many pros have written extensively on the subject of an ICW trip, I will offer only my unique perspective and focus on the use of the C380 as a suitable vessel and home. I will use Earle’s rhetorical questions to direct my thoughts into various subjects that all should ponder before embarking. All of this is offered in the sure knowledge that your first trip down

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Northbound from Trinidad

Northbound from Trinidad Jim & Sue Seemann 5/15/2005 Hull #1 Sue and I flew back to Trinidad on Jan 10, 2005, to re-launch our boat (PipeDream) and begin our 2,000 mile voyage back to Florida. Here is our first installment on our northbound trip. Trinidad (Jan 10 to Feb 5) is a beautiful and prosperous tropical island located about 25 miles off the coast of South America and near the eastern border of Venezuela. The island is 10 degrees north of the equator and consequently enjoys a lush tropical climate with expansive rain forests, endless varieties of tropical plants and animals, and an annual celebration known as “Carnival”. We stayed in Chaguaramas, Trinidad for three weeks and enjoyed the island amenities while preparing and provisioning PipeDream for the voyage north. The first leg of our trip (Feb 6 to 11) took us 88 miles north to Grenada. What a contrast!!!

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Caretta Surfs to a 2nd in the Ft Lauderdale to Key West Race

Caretta Surfs to a 2nd in the 30th Annual Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race Steve Dublin Date: 5/15/2005 Hull #: 86 Caretta is a seven year old C-380 with the Z-Spar tall rig and the deeper version of the wing keel. We’ve owned her for about 3 years. We bought Caretta to use primarily for weekend day sails and summer cruises in the Bahamas. But as they say; “He goes among the fever stricken…..” After a few too many rum & cokes, following a win in the “Mother Tub” fleet during Abaco Race Week, we decided to enter Caretta in the next Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. The sailing instructions for the 30th Annual Key West race required all boats to stay offshore of the reefs that separate Hawke Channel from the Keys. Too many racers had foundered on these reefs at night while trying to duck into

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Cruise The Bahamas in a Catalina 380!!

Cruise The Bahamas in a Catalina 380!! Tom Lincoln 5/15/2005 Hull #1 Some of you might think the 380 is marginal for such a task. Some might think it is necessary to have that heavy-duty ocean tested offshore double-ended battle ship of a cruiser. Put that notion aside. My wife Barb and I have been cruising our C-380 for three years. We departed Lake Erie and navigated the ICW and then jumped off to the Bahamas for the winter months. The C-380 has proven to be up to the task. Our background in sailing is probably like most weekend sailors. We have been sailing since 1970 in small boats. We started with day sailors that we sailed close to our hometown, Fort Thomas in Northern Kentucky, a Suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. We sailed on small lakes and the Ohio River. As members of Brookville Lake Sailing Association, we learned the

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Sparkles and Wine

Sparkles and Wine Gary L. Snyder 10/11/2004 Hull #: 323 No red wine for you!!! I know it may seen harsh in a Soup Natzyish way but we have always had one rule on board concerning wine. It is not like we are connoisseurs favoring the lighter toned fermentations nor prejudice of color, tones or whatever. The whites and roses’, dry or sweet, sparkling or not seem to do fine. The fact is I am really not much of a drinker. Nor is my wife. Either of our two, almost 30 something, kids could drink us under the table. But, our friends, family and clients really enjoy it. They even expect it to be served on such a fine craft as our Romanza a Catalina 380. It is beautiful and comfortable with plenty of creature comforts, full instrumentation, radar, flat screen tv, stereo, private quest quarters, shower, refrigeration, microwave, all

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How do you get to Mexico

Lloyd Causey 10/11/2004 Hull #: 220 Where do you begin when you are going to do a race to Isla Mujeres, off Mexico’s Yucatan coast? Officially, the race was to start in Pensacola in May. We began our trip in West End, LA in February. At least that’s when we began talking, planning, working and scheming. There were so many things to do to a basically sound boat that is raced almost every weekend. Everything was coming together smoothly until our C380, JAMBALAYA, found the bottom at West End outlet one rough Sunday and bent her rudder shaft. Working with Catalina and our yard, the job was accomplished in near recordime. Catalina built a rudder in one week and our yard found a place in their schedule to get it done. Back on schedule with new sails arriving (there are never too many sails), new sheets spliced, new hardware installed,

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Maxwell RC800 Freedom Series Windlass

Link to RC800 Manual Link to Mainsheet Article – November 2006 Link to Mainsheet Article – February 2007 Link to Maxwell Authorized Service Centers Standard Equipment on early model C380 series boats beginning in midyear 1997 to discontinuation in midyear 2001. The prior windlass (1996 – 1997) was a horizontally mounted VW800 and the later windlass was a vertically mounted VW800 including on the C387. The Freedom system automatically feeds anchor rode into and out of the anchor locker allowing rope, chain or rope/chain rodes. But the chain to rope splice is critical for smooth operation. Reducing the speed make a smoother transition from chain to rope. The transition from rope to chain is by means of a tension arm system inside the enclosed design. Maxwell suggests annual replacement of this inexpensive mail-able item, as the

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Head Support/Storage Rack

Head Support/Storage Rack Ted Sholl 8/1/2002 Hull #: 357 To solve the problem of toilet seat in the head going too far open and stretching its hinges too much, we decided to install a teak book rack as shown in West Marine catalog page 810 ( a teak paperback book holder works just as well but is not in the 2002 catalog). We attached 2 L Brackets (5-1/2 in) from Home Depot with stainless screws and attached the book rack. We placed the brackets so the seat would contact the rack and keep it in a more or less vertical position, and in the bargain we got lots of extra storage space for toiletries. Cost of rack plus hardware was about $55. (Not to mention $100 for a cordless high speed drill to drill the holes.). Warren Elliot asked a few questions of Ted, and here’s his response: Warren–re the

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