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Old 10-13-2020, 11:52 AM
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Having an autopilot installed on my 2020 Cobia 280CC -- questions for anyone who has installed a Garmin Autopilot (post build)....

1. Did you install the GHC 20 Helm Control? (Installer is telling me the controller is a redundancy because my Garmin charplotter (1242xsv) will have all the same data available directly on the screen).
2. Where did you place the helm controller? pics if possible
3. Do you use the helm controller or use your chartplotter as you controller?

Appreciate any advice anyone can provide.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:03 PM
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I installed mine along with my Garmin MFDs.
It is on the dash.
I use the chartplotter to initiate routes, but I use the GHC for small course changes while running.
I like having separate screens for everything.
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Appreciate the quick response! I think I like the idea of having separate screens too.
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Garmin MFDs are not in the pic, but are in front of the wheel basically.
Here's my GHC location.

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I have the autopilot running solely through my 1242xsv. I don't miss the separate screen at all even though I thought I would.

When engaged, a ribbon appears at the top of the MFD screen with all the relevant controls for the A/P, including a compass with the current heading, heading set point, pattern controls, and course adjustment buttons (1 degreee or 10 degree).

There is always the "Engage" button showing at the bottom of the MFD. When egaged, this button changes to "Standby".
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I'm same as Coores. I always have the data on my screen but I like to have the GHC20 to not only see the large heading numbers but easier to make corrections to course
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Originally Posted by mrjulian_1970 View Post
I have the autopilot running solely through my 1242xsv. I don't miss the separate screen at all even though I thought I would.

When engaged, a ribbon appears at the top of the MFD screen with all the relevant controls for the A/P, including a compass with the current heading, heading set point, pattern controls, and course adjustment buttons (1 degreee or 10 degree).

There is always the "Engage" button showing at the bottom of the MFD. When egaged, this button changes to "Standby".
mrjulian_1970 Any chance you have a pic of the screen with the autopilot engaged?
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I'll be out on the boat later today or sometime tomorrow. I'll take a few.
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Hope this helps



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I also find it easier to pause and restart a route using the controller, too many buttons to go through on the MFD IMO
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I’m in the process of installing 2 8612’s and the controller for autopilot. I figured it would be easier to make fours changes.
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Here it is in standby mode. Note the "engage" button at the bottom left. Also the button in the top ribbon with the little boat bow and upward arrow will engage the heading hold function.




Here it is engaged in "heading hold". Note the 1/10 degree adjustments in the upper ribbon. If you hit the circle button to the right of the ribbon it will switch to the circle pattern you have set up. Tapping either the "standby" in the lower left or the "boat bow with upward arrow" in the top left will return the system to standby.




If you hit that menu button in the very top right you get this screen, which probably looks familiar to the users of the separate control module. From here you can define the various pattern options and so on...



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Yeah it’s all on the screen/s too, but personally, I use the GHC a lot as I mounted it as the hand falls from the wheel for course corrections.

screens are use a lot for “go to” while trolling.

Why the GHC doesn’t dim with all the other screens on the network I have no clue..... it’s annoying.
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I had the controller mounted between the two screens. We use the screens to set a route but the controller makes quick course changes easy.
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