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Old 12-18-2002, 12:00 PM
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I'm in the market for an autopilot. Does anyone have any expereince with the Simrad AP14H model. Application would be for a 29' with twin inboards w/hydraulic steering. The unit is reasonably priced and appears to be able to do the job. Looking for someone with some info. Thanks
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Old 12-18-2002, 02:08 PM
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Alot of people have them and a lot of people like them. I would have some doubts about the pump being adequate for your application, but a quick phone call to Simrad in Florida will tell you if its workable or not. You will have to know your ram capacity when you call them but that's all (just its diamter and length will be enough for them to tell). Actually I know the thing would work for you, but as you approach the limits of the pumps design capability the speed of response slows down and that can have an averse effect on very low speed operation (i.e. trolling for Kings).

I think the AP-14 usually sells for around $1,300 or so, in that range you might want to be thinking about stepping up to the AP-11. I am sure the AP-11 would easily handel your needs. One thing for sure, to my mind you're on the right track looking at Simrad for your Auto Pilot.

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Old 12-18-2002, 03:29 PM
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I have the AP14H. It's on my 25 Parker Sportcabin. I hooked into the nmea output from my RL70CRC, works great. Very easy to use.

The one feature I do not like about it is that in an emergency situation, you cannot just grab the wheel and overide the system. You must first hit "pause" on the remote before you can gain control.

This is my first Autopilot so I do not know if that is how they all work or not. It may be that they all work like that?? The main thing is to remember that while they can steer the vessel well, they do not keep a look-out. Don't become complacent. And, keep the remote in close range!

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Old 12-19-2002, 08:27 AM
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I would take Thom's advice and check Simrad on whether the AP14 can handle your hydraulic's load. Twin inboards on a 29' sounds like you may need an AP11 or better. I would be interested in hearing Simrad's opinion.

Snookwheeler, I have had 2 different autopilots and they all work the same when in Auto mode. You turn the helm wheel in auto and the pump keeps the engines pointing straight. That particular feature is, in fact, a good way to check out the autopilot at the dock.
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Old 12-19-2002, 04:55 PM
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Actually, a safety feature built in to the Raytheon SportPilot Plus is that the system will disengage if you manually turn the wheel.

I don't have one. Just purchased a SIMRAD AP12H on eBay, but read the SportPilot Plus literature recently.

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You're going to like that AP-12H. Its what we have on our boat (23' walkaround with a 200 Suzuki on a bracket) and it really does work well. Actually its the same autopilot as the AP14 except the 14 has a LED display.

I was aware the Sportpilots had that touch and drive featrue. On mine I have the control mounted in the dash directly above the steering wheel, so I can grab the wheel and hit the button at the same time really, in fact I often do just that. Its not big deal.

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