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Old 02-07-2020, 06:25 AM
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I am running a couple of Garmin 741xs on my Carolina skiff. I have seastar hydraulic steering system on the boat. I am looking for a simple autopilot system. More concerned about simple heading hold when heading out fishing instead fo chasing the line for 2 hours. Multiple waypoint courses and all that cool stuff is not necessary, but with today's technology I am guessing that might be the new standard. Any advice on a system that would work without breaking the bank?
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The Garmin autopilot would be the quickest, most the install is tee'ing into the hydralic lines and mounting the pump, rather straight forward. I had garmin GPS and bought Raymarine, mostly for the cost, package deal came with pump, which is the most expensive part.
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If your post is truthful, for your application i would look hard at the SiTex SP110C. Reliable, simple to use, not a lot of bells and whistles but will hold a course and if you connect to an MFD via nmea 0183, it will navigate to a waypoint.
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Originally Posted by dpcarson View Post
I am running a couple of Garmin 741xs on my Carolina skiff. I have seastar hydraulic steering system on the boat. I am looking for a simple autopilot system. More concerned about simple heading hold when heading out fishing instead fo chasing the line for 2 hours. Multiple waypoint courses and all that cool stuff is not necessary, but with today's technology I am guessing that might be the new standard. Any advice on a system that would work without breaking the bank?

Low cost and very reliable.


Compact Reactor 40 Hydraulic Autopilot, MFG# 010-00705-06, Starter Pack with Reactor 40 9-axis heading sensor, 1.0 L pump, electronic control unit, buzzer, cabling and connectors.
Controlled by compatible Garmin MFD.


And Garmin has a very good Auto pilot support section. ( 1800 800 1020 )

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Semper -

Question - is the only thing garmin offering currently the 1.0L pump kit and then the next step up is the smart pump? OR do they have larger capacity pumps that can go with the 010-00705-06 kit?
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That kit is for the smaller boats.

Other options of the Reactor 40 systems can include shadow drive and GHC 20 control head and options of 1.2l or 2 l pumps..plus the V1 or V2 Smart pump.


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If you just want to go mostly in a straight line and have Garmin stuff get the inexpensive Garmin compact you can get a larger pump if you think you need it or seastar makes a power assist pump that can also pump for the AP then you get two new cool features AP and power-steering by doing one project. Don's waste your money on the shadow drive.
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I would not recommend sitex autopilot. When it worked it was ok at best, but I have two go bad on my boat in less than 5 years.
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I have Garmin electronics. When it came time to buy my autopilot, I went with a Raymarine EV-150. I really studied... mostly on this site. There are quite a few reports of problems with the Garming autopilot pumps. I love mine. Installed it myself.

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