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Old 10-02-2003, 08:34 AM
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Looking to do a little research on next season addition; Autopilot. Used on a 40' flybridge boat.

Recommendations, brand, models, pumps etc.

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Old 10-02-2003, 09:18 AM
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Hi MM, have a B&G interfaced w/Furuno GPS on my 35 Bert, I will not have another boat w/out one (btw that's thge consensus of my dockmates that have them as well). The unit itself works well until boat is over 20kts and in a following sea, the unit has auto everything and I can't override it so she'll get into those surfing rolls and overcompensate. That being said the unit is at the upper end of it's recommended boat size/speed and that may be the issue, the next level of APs in general were more than I was willing to spend at the time. Best regards, Alan.
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Old 10-02-2003, 10:26 AM
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I would highly recommend Simrad. They are the industry standard for sure. I have owned 2 AP22's now, and they are fantastic. They just came out with an upgraded rate compass too. Spend the extra money for the upgrade to the rate compass. I wish I had.
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Old 10-02-2003, 12:48 PM
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I agree with Eric. Simrad makes the best pilots in the world. Our customers love them and they have the least repairs compared to other brands. Sitex also makes an excellent pilot for 2/3's the cost.

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Old 10-02-2003, 02:37 PM
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Ditto on Simrad. I have the AP11 and love it.
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Old 10-02-2003, 02:46 PM
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Have to agree with all the Simrad owners. I have a Simrad unit on a 25 Contender, twin Yamahas and I would not leave the docks without it. Great in the Auto-Com mode for putting lines out, while running to the fishing grounds, interfaced with GPS, hit Auto-Nav then sit back and drink coffee.
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Old 10-03-2003, 06:40 AM
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simrad is the way to go. one thing you might want to check into that is whether you need to use a reversing pump or if you can use what is called a solenoid valve. the reversing pump is essentially another ram that you have hooked up to your steering quadrant. the autopilot drives this unit to steer the boat. if you have an existing hydraulic system on the boat, you can put something called a solenoid valve in the hydraulic system. vickers is the most common. price is comparable to a reversing pump, and it uses the boats existing hydraulic system. worth looking in to if you have a hydraulic system.

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Old 10-03-2003, 08:55 AM
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Thanks everyone, appreciate the feedback!
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Old 10-03-2003, 09:56 AM
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Rate compass. Don't leave home without it.

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Old 10-03-2003, 11:36 AM
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Yes..The AP11 w/ the rate compass upgrade is your best bet.

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Old 10-03-2003, 04:51 PM
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You don't need, and shouldn't use, a solenoid block when you have a manual hydraulic system or even most power assisted systems.
The vickers system described is commonly used for full power-steering or commonly refered to as engine driven pumps.
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Old 10-06-2003, 02:09 PM
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that's correct, to use the solenoid system you need a separate hydraulic system that has it's own tank and pump (generally belt or gear driven off of the engine), which is in fact the system that i have.

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Old 10-09-2003, 11:19 AM
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Here is a autopilot you must see to believe. The TR-1 Gladiator, no rudder feedback transducers, never a need to set gains when a change in RPM's or weather conditions, grab the helm with out turning the system off steer to new heading, and the TR-1 will reingage the Autopilot. There is no s-curve in your wake idle to wide open.

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