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Old 02-20-2021, 04:38 AM
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My friend has all Garmin in his boat; radio, 2 MFD's etc. He wants me to install a Ray marine EV-150 auto pilot. Yes, no? Or stick with Garmin? I think the EV-150 is the way to go. Any problem interfacing with his Garmin 7612 units?
He has a power assist steering pump in the rear well of the boat. Debating on running long hydraulic lines to the back or putting the pump in the back and running long 8 gauge wire to the pump from the helm. When I say long (18' +-) It is a World Cat 280 ccx.

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I have a Garmin 1022 and I just installed the EV150 with the pump. It was a pretty simple install but I did need a hose kit and some fittings to get everything set up. I've only used it for 6 or 8 hours due to the nasty winter we are having, but it seems to be doing fine. My boat has twin DF140's.

I'm not sure how to proceed regarding using the existing power assist pump.
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I have a EV-150 with Garmin. I would definitely go with the EV-150 auto pilot. I did a lot of research on this site and made my mind up to go with Raymarine unit. It’s easy to install and calibrate. It talks to Garmin units. You just need the correct cable. I have not tied mine into my Garmin units. I fish 80 miles off shore and I really don’t see a need. My boat has twin 225s. The EV-150 holds it straight as an arrow at 3mph or wide open.
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Garmin lover! I think if all on his boat is from one brand, then let to be completely a Garmin boat)
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Oh, sounds great, man!
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I agree with Crawford if you have all the equipment from Garmin then you shouldn't look for another brand
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I also have Garmin. I'm currently in the process of installing the Reactor 40 on a 34 foot Searay. I went all Garmin because of the Auto guidance feature and also being able to work with all my mdf's. I ended I installing the pump near the steering in the engine compartment and am running new lines to it. 21 feet away.
I did my research and heard mixed reviews also. I'm hoping I'm on of the good ones.


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Originally Posted by mnm99 View Post
I also have Garmin. I'm currently in the process of installing the Reactor 40 on a 34 foot Searay. I went all Garmin because of the Auto guidance feature and also being able to work with all my mdf's. I ended I installing the pump near the steering in the engine compartment and am running new lines to it. 21 feet away.
I did my research and heard mixed reviews also. I'm hoping I'm on of the good ones.

As in hydraulic lines from the helm location to the power assist pump in the back?
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Yes. All new lines. Helm to pump, from pump 2 feet to steering cylinder.
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If you already have a SeaStar PowerAssist pump, then don't buy the Raymarine hydraulic pump. Yes, you should buy the EV150 but instead of buying the Raymarine pump, buy the SeaStar autopliot pump. This pump hooks directly to the PowerAssist pump and makes installation much easier
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