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  1. Andrew
    Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:58

    Great article, I had been putting something very similar together myself but having it all documented like this is great! I’d definitely like to here more about the autopilot install as I am going to tackle that first.


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:00

      Thanks Andrew. A specific Autopilot article is in the works. Stay tuned.


  2. Dan Catanzaro
    Aug 18, 2018 @ 15:45

    Enjoyed reading your article. I have a similar system on my Hanse 470 “Scacciapensieri”. Do you have any info on setting up the parameters for the autopilot?
    Looking forward to you next post!


  3. Nils
    Sep 21, 2018 @ 13:51

    Getting all excited by reading your article. Are you also sharing the route and map between the Zeus and the Vulcan?


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 14:02

      Not at the moment.

      With the latest release on H5000 I get Expedition to send waypoint to H5000. So all Graphic Displays can show numbers & laylines.

      Still have top figure out how to get it to the Zeus and the Vulcan…


  4. Terje
    Oct 16, 2018 @ 21:55

    Really good read. Well documented.

    In process of replacing Nexus instruments with B&G, H5000 on our Grand Soleil 42. Sailing shorthanded, finding your comments and setup well worked out.

    Why both Zeus and Vulcan? Is this a question of keeping the overall cost down? Why not two Zeus?

    Looking forward for more posts.


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Oct 17, 2018 @ 00:02

      The Vulcan below started out as a H5000 Graphic Display, but the small Vulcan was cheaper and better looking :-)

      Don’t need a plotter below since we run both Expedition and Navionics/Seapilot on an iPad.


  5. Nick
    Nov 27, 2018 @ 00:45

    Hi, Peter. Should you have time, I would be curious to hear how you ended up choosing between the various functions & data that are duplicated on the B&G system and Expedition. Eg, do you use H5000 data for performance numbers or Expedition? Whose start line functions did you prefer? My experience is that there is limited data you can send from Expedition to the B&G system (10 User Channels I think) and no waypoints to the plotter.


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Nov 27, 2018 @ 11:01

      My philosophy have been:

      a) calibrate as close to the sensor as possible (everything in H5000, nothing in Expedition)
      b) calculated variables based on data from H5000 is done in H5000 (ex Leeway, TWA/TWS, …)
      c) boat performance (polars, sailcharts etc) is managed in Expedition.
      d) course is managed in Expedition.
      e) performance & course data from Expedition is sent to H5000 via Websocket. Currently:

      – PolarBSP%
      – Target BSP (upwind) & TWA (downwind)
      – Mark bearing/distance/time
      – Next mark TWA/bearing
      – Time on layline starboard/port

      Regarding waypoints/laylines. I’ve managed to get the mark to H5000. Now I just need Zeus & Vulcan to understand that they should use it ? With the polars uploader to H5000, some of the numbers could be calculated there (time to mark doesn’t need to be exactly the same in both systems, but laylines are more critical).

      When I get the marks to Zeus, I’ll evaluate the different alternatives again.

      Start Sequence. Initiated from Expedition, works seamlessly with the H5000 start sequence. Typically look at H5000 for time and Expedition for Time to Burn and distance to line. But are fine with using just the H5000 if solo.

      Missed anything?


  6. Karl Haflinger
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 01:20

    Another plea for an autopilot evaluation. I’m planning to doublehand the Pacific Cup (San Francisco -> Hawaii) on my J35. We’ve done it twice fully crewed, and now sail with asyms tacked to a standard pole, so we likely sail deeper than your 109, though not sure about a 111. Generally the race conditions are fairly benign but in 2016 we had large seas from several directions due to tropical storms and a lot of wind, so a pilot really needs to be able to handle surfing well. I’d like to go with B&G 5000 rather than the gyropilot, but would also really like to hear from someone that it actually works in challenging downwind conditions, and on a boat like the J35. Any help would be appreciated.


  7. Jim C
    Mar 20, 2021 @ 15:49

    Great article, Peter, thank you. Why did you connect the WS700 masthead unit directly to the Hercules computer instead of to the backbone through the WS300 0183/2000 translator? And I did not see a speed sensor in the network diagrams, so do you have that data coming in already from somewhere else? I am installing a very similar system in my J/120, and I appreciate the article, thank you again.


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Mar 20, 2021 @ 16:49

      Hi Jim,

      the windsensor at the time was the older B&G 213 Vertical MHU 810mm. That has since been upgraded to a newer WS710 and the WS310 interface.

      Speed sensor is the proven “H5000/H3000 SPEED SENSOR PLASTIC FLUSH”. Hard to calibrate for us, but now work like a dream. See my piece on calibration for our numbers.

      All articles on the H5000.


  8. Tom
    Jul 17, 2023 @ 23:38

    I’m having serious trouble hooking up my ws710 to my H5000. How did you do it?

    I’m trying to wire it to one of the NMEA 0183 ports and I’m getting no data.


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