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Old 08-02-2020, 10:16 AM
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Anyone have first hand experience on what autopilot works best with cats? Specifically an Invincible cat. Obviously none of them are going to work as well as on a mono but want to know if one is substantially better than others. Leaning towards Simrad electronics otherwise.
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I have seen a good many AP44 VRF Medium units used on cats under 30'
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My Garmin with smart pump works perfect on my 27' Baha Cruisers with twin g2 300 e techs. I troll a lot 80% of the time 1 to 3.0 mph holds course for 5-7 hours.
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My garman ap works nicely on my 27’ Worldcat. I don’t see why cat vs mono should make any difference.
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I have a Simrad AC12 with AP24 control heads on a 36’ Schimitar Cat.

It’s what was on the boat when I bought it.

works perfectly except in heavy following sea. Every now and then the bow digs and overpowers the AP.
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Originally Posted by Troutchaser21 View Post
Anyone have first hand experience on what autopilot works best with cats? Specifically an Invincible cat. Obviously none of them are going to work as well as on a mono but want to know if one is substantially better than others. Leaning towards Simrad electronics otherwise.
That boat should have Optimus EPS steering. If it already has the 360 joystick and a SeaStation antenna, it already has SeaWays integrated autopilot.

If not, Simrad’s autopilots are light years ahead of everyone else. Their SG05 autopilot module is what connects EPS to Simrad electronics for autopilot functions.
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