Tiller pilot

  • 30 Apr 2021 08:24
    Reply # 10409543 on 10357900

    Thanks Eric,

    I couldn’t read the wiring diagram when I enlarged the scan of that page on the original pdf you posted so that’s really useful. I’ll have a play with it.


  • 29 Apr 2021 10:45
    Reply # 10399384 on 10357900
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The wiring is on the photo joined.

    connecting plate

    Toward compas :

    red

    yellow

    blue

    Toward cross deck plug :

    red

    white

    blue

    yellow

    green

    Power (12v)

    +

    _

    Toward the electrnic card

    red

    yellow

    blue

    white

    brown

    green

    orange

    black


    The optical compass deviation is very simple. You have a lamp and two photo-electric cels.

    Eric

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  • 27 Apr 2021 11:12
    Reply # 10369171 on 10357900

    That's great Eric, thanks. I saw the NAVIK windvane mentioned, but didn't bother researching it since mine was a tiller pilot. Mine is in fact the VR4, which I assume is the specific controller for the tiller pilot. There's a photograph of exactly my model on one of the pages. I would say my French is crudely functional, but with the help of an internet translator I'm sure I can learn as much as the book has to offer.

    My last problem will be the wiring. I’ve managed to get it working up to a point. Swiveling the compass will get the actuator moving to correct it, but only in one direction. The wind direction sensor does nothing. Looking at the awful soldering in the plugs, someone has been in there before me so I’ll need to make sure I have it wired correctly before I start troubleshooting. It would be a shame to throw it away it when it’s so close to working and clearly sturdily made.


  • 26 Apr 2021 18:14
    Reply # 10361078 on 10357900
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonjour

    It is a Navik VR10 .I've never used one.

    You may found some information at the end of the Navik Windwane booklet (in French of course) because they used the same hardware to transform the windwane into an autopilot with a small engine that was turning the windvane fletner (starts at p33)

    The normal use is to set the desired course on the compas (turning the black button on top). There is an optical  system inside the compass that commnd the engine by a left or right order to bring back the boat on course.

    The command unit indicates the order status (left, right, nothing) incorporates the on/off button and perhaps a gain setup.

    The aerial is mounted in place of the compass and work the same way. You turn the aerial until the vane is in the wind and the wind shifts give correction orders.

    Eric


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  • 26 Apr 2021 12:35
    Message # 10357900

    Has anyone had any experience with a tiller pilot called a 'NAVIK'? I'm guessing it's from around the 70s. The actuator is a strong and well made unit. I bought it cheaply second hand many years ago and failed to get it working so it sat in a box. I recently got it out as a project and discovered some poor electrical connections between the motor and the control box, cleaned them up and now it works. What I don't know is how to set it up and operate it. It came with a wired, remote hand control that I assume was an override for setting the thing, but I can't see where to wire it in. There's also a wind vane unit that I can only assume has to be plugged in instead of the compass.

    If anyone remembers anything about these I'd be interested to hear about it.


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