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Old 10-01-2008, 01:09 PM
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Wanted to install new TR 1 however with another delay by Garmin--- now considering Simard or RM 1000--- after reading posts appears RM has improved the RM 1000-- however I have VP I/O-- I have replace the cables steering with HY--- my requirement are from point A to B ( Don't need bells and whistles) then trolling at 1.5 --- 2.0mph-- was told RM 1000 would NOT troll that slow-- can't find anyone with an I/O --- Boat is 23 Steigercraft with 5.0 I/O which has power steering ----- steering is almost too easy
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:22 PM
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a simrad will work but at only half a knot your not trolling you are drifting ....
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:18 AM
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If you can still get your hands on a Simrad AP12H (hydraulic/no remote) thats the
one to have IMO. I had a Simrad AP12R (rotary/no remote) on a Sea Ray 268
Weekender w/ I.O. worked great. New boat is a Steiger 255DV w/outboard.
Installed a Simrad AP12H on it and again it has worked flawlessly. We troll down to
1.5 mph on a consistant bases and is set up to troll in the direction I point the bow.
I dont have it tied into any other electronics. I understand Simrad may have
discontinued these models, check with BOE to verify. If you can still find one on
a dealers shelf expect to pay 1300.00 to 1500.00 Good luck
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Old 10-02-2008, 05:52 PM
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Simrad ap 12r or 14r and you won't have to change to hyd steering. I have a 24 walkaround and a 5.0l merc sterndrive and I am going to install an AP12r.

You can get one for around 1300.00. Big savings. over hyd steering. Plus the simrad pilots have a compass. The ray unit uses the gps thats why they don't troll to well at slow speeds.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:17 PM
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i have a raymarine unit on mine. autohelm 6000 or something. its been a piece of crap and has never worked right. its completely tits up right now with "seatalk fail" on the display. i always had simrad and was talked into this raymarine POS. what a mistake, id just about give it away at this point
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:29 PM
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What's wrong with the current TR1? It is tied and true, and a much better choice than any of the AP's you are considering.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:04 AM
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Thanks Jamie for the answer --- AP 12 is 1/2 the cost of TR1 old/new model-- I have ALREADY changed to Hy steering because when I inquired about the AP 12R Simard had STOPPED making the unit-- Stated again after outcry---- My Cable steering GONE-- Hy works great just want AP --
Also thanks for info on why RM 1000 doesn't troll well at slow speeds
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:46 PM
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There is a used TR1 for sale in the For Sale section....
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:47 PM
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+1 on the Simrad AP12s
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:54 AM
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I have a Simrad AP26 and it works great.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:48 AM
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Default Re: Auto pilot on I/O

I had a Simrad AP-12R on my old '87 Albemarle. It was a huge improvement over manual steering but was still a bit squirrely which I think had a lot to do with the Albemarle's steering. I really miss having an autopilot on my current boat. Maybe Santa will bring me one!
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