Marine Electronics Forum - what autopilots are available for linear drive power boats

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forbones
03-27-2012, 06:28 AM
want to know what is the best autopilot to use with a linear drive power boat (2012 bayliner 266 discovery) along with a garmin 541s .and how long to install?350 mag mercruiser engine with b3 sterndrive.is the raymarine unit a good reliable buy


CMEBoston
03-27-2012, 06:33 AM
I would look at using a Simrad AP24 with a octopus helm drive
http://www.octopusmarine.ca/content/resources/documents/selection_and_installation/S%20%20I%20MDR%20ACCESSORIES.pdf

forbones
03-28-2012, 05:50 PM
does this octopus fit with ny other unit ?i was going to get the raymarine spx 5 r unit what do you think?


gotumon
03-29-2012, 06:20 AM
THat Raymarine unit will work well but it has a limitation of 4400 lbs loaded boat weight. If you fit in there, it is a good choice. Otherwise the Raymarine X-10 would be the ticket. I have used their APs for 10years and they are excellent. The every earkliest ones were a bit cranky but the ones from the lsat 7 years handle my heavy 34' Downeast boat verywell.

forbones
03-29-2012, 06:24 AM
my boat weighs 6800 lbs and max on the drive is 7700lbs .how would this effect the boats perfomance

rauber
03-29-2012, 01:07 PM
Garmin GHP 12 with remote Octopus Drive. works great and easy to use/install.....
http://www.octopusdrives.com/content/resources/documents/Cable%20Brochure%20web.pdf
Page 6 and 7

Mid Shore Electronics
03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
Stern drive boats are difficult for rudder feedback installations. The Garmin pilot (formerly the TR-1) was the first rudderless autopilot. The 12 series Garmin pilot is for sailboat. Sailboats do have hydraulic linear drives.
Is your boat CABLE steering or hydraulic. If hydraulic I'de recommend Garmin. I cable we'd have to see clearance behind helm for proper A/P bolt-on drive system.

rauber
03-30-2012, 03:41 PM
Stern drive boats are difficult for rudder feedback installations. The Garmin pilot (formerly the TR-1) was the first rudderless autopilot. The 12 series Garmin pilot is for sailboat. Sailboats do have hydraulic linear drives.
Is your boat CABLE steering or hydraulic. If hydraulic I'de recommend Garmin. I cable we'd have to see clearance behind helm for proper A/P bolt-on drive system.

No the GHP 12 isn't a sailboat pilot anymore. For more than a year you can use it for powerboats too. You can connect it to almost any drive drive out there.... pretty straight forward.
the octopus drive has a integrated feedback so thats easy too.
If you want Garmin you can use the GHP10+Pump for hydraulic steering. For any other drive (oem pump, linear drive, actuator, solenoid etc) use the GHP 12 with a resistiv feedback..... You need to order the drive and feedback cable though....

forbones
04-02-2012, 04:24 PM
is the spx5r drive unit bulky looking on the steering column.can you use tilt steering with it or do you fix it when you find your position for the wheel.how does that work

TrickyRick
04-03-2012, 01:34 PM
I have the spx-5R on my tilt steering and it works fine. Here is a pic...btw my boat exceeds the specs on the SPX-5R and I still think it is the best buy I have made for the boat yet!
http://i1011.photobucket.com/albums/af235/TrickyRick_photos/Adayatthebeach075.jpghttp://i1011.photobucket.com/albums/af235/TrickyRick_photos/Adayatthebeach072.jpghttp://i1011.photobucket.com/albums/af235/TrickyRick_photos/Adayatthebeach073.jpg

forbones
04-04-2012, 03:28 PM
please resend pics they came thru very enlarged and hard to see

JigStick
08-12-2013, 12:34 PM
No the GHP 12 isn't a sailboat pilot anymore. For more than a year you can use it for powerboats too. You can connect it to almost any drive drive out there.... pretty straight forward.
the octopus drive has a integrated feedback so thats easy too.
If you want Garmin you can use the GHP10+Pump for hydraulic steering. For any other drive (oem pump, linear drive, actuator, solenoid etc) use the GHP 12 with a resistiv feedback..... You need to order the drive and feedback cable though....

I would love to see this setup. I am thinking about doing this exact installation on my 22.5 bayliner express cruiser with Merc I/O. I am between this and a Raymarine Sportpilot. Is one or the other better for trolling at speeds as low as 1.5mph?



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