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Old 03-05-2012, 04:07 AM
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Default Garmin GHP-10 Auto Pilot... is it a worth the money?

I own a Contender 25 Open equipped with a Garmin 5212. When we bought the boat I did not purchase auto-pilot. We fish off the SC coast approx 60 miles offshore. I have been told that auto pilot will complete my boat and save me a bunch of money in fuel costs. Is it worth 2500-3000 to install on my boat? That's a lot of gas money!! I would most likely install a GHP-10. Any comments or advice would be appreciated.

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:26 AM
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yes. between the fatigue factor of driving, the straight line to way point, extra hand while trolling. I never had it on my first two boats third boat already had it when i bought it and its the first thing im adding to the new boat.
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Originally Posted by Runawade View Post
I own a Contender 25 Open equipped with a Garmin 5212. When we bought the boat I did not purchase auto-pilot. We fish off the SC coast approx 60 miles offshore. I have been told that auto pilot will complete my boat and save me a bunch of money in fuel costs. Is it worth 2500-3000 to install on my boat? That's a lot of gas money!! I would most likely install a GHP-10. Any comments or advice would be appreciated.

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I had the GHP-10 installed in my CC in 2009, pretty sure it has not saved me $3000 in fuel, but it has paid for itself many times over in relief of not having to steer the boat over 1000s of miles. My AP is being used for the run out & back, periodically while I'm trolling and while fighting & landing fish. I could not imagine myself ever having an offshore boat without AP and the GHP-10 has been a very good AP for my current ride. Guessing anyone that can afford to own an offshore boat and fish offshore will find very good value in an AP purchase.
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install it yourself to save money,i put one on last year not hard at all to do and setup
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It is like lots of things - if you never had one, you don't know what you are missing.
Will it save you $3,000 in fuel - not in your lifetime, but does it make going offshore eaiser and faster (do to straightness of course) - yes. When running 10+ miles offshore it is a great convenience. Mine (Simrad) is probabaly on 50% of the total run time, and 80-90% of the time for offshore trips.
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Originally Posted by Runawade View Post
I own a Contender 25 Open equipped with a Garmin 5212. When we bought the boat I did not purchase auto-pilot. We fish off the SC coast approx 60 miles offshore. I have been told that auto pilot will complete my boat and save me a bunch of money in fuel costs. Is it worth 2500-3000 to install on my boat? That's a lot of gas money!! I would most likely install a GHP-10. Any comments or advice would be appreciated.

Thank you,

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its the best money you will ever spend on the boat. after running a boat with one, you wont know how you ran one without one. its that nice.
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BUY IT! I am even thinking about one for my bayboat and rarely run more than 10 - 20 miles off. Spent several days in the Bahamas on a buddies boat with the same AP last year. Flawless and awesome! It will spoil you in all the right ways!
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Do it.

When I'm going 40-50 miles offshore (+ return trip) and use it, it's great to be able to sit back and just have to keep a watch on things instead of constantly watching the heading and adjusting as needed.
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I have Ghp 10 with full garmin system, it's great for all reasons stated, I use it every time I run the boat even across the bay, just to free up your hands, when running at night it's essential and frees you up to concentrate on Radar and flir. If you have the vision chart the auto guidance is killer , you hit your target hit the autopilot and sit back and relax, fully integrates with your chart. Good luck
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fishbone...the ghp will follow the auto gudiance on the garmin chart? i thought originally it wouldnt? sweet if it does.
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yes it follows any route being run on your plotter - you have to scroll down on the menu if your running and then engage the AP, or when you set the route your will be prompted to engage AP or not - if you engage it your on.
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fishbone...the ghp will follow the auto gudiance on the garmin chart? i thought originally it wouldnt? sweet if it does.
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Hands down, its the most important thing on my boat. I won't own another boat without it. When you are 60 miles offshore and you can kick back on the leaning post with a sandwich and a coke and don't have to steer the boat for the next 60 miles, you will know what i mean.
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a good AP is essential IMO on a boat, especially offshore boat.

as already mentioned by many, will be the best $ you spent on the boat.

I chose Garmin and did my own install. love the shadow drive as the unique safety feature.

long offshore trips particularly in tuff'er conditions are made much faster and easier with an AP and IMO safer too as you'll have more of yourself to focus on what is ahead of you and not be as concerned with direction of travel.

most of us use the boat for recreation/pleasure and at the end of the day you'll feel happier as a captain, as you'll arrive to your destinations faster and in better physical and mental condition with overall less fatigue.

Most good AP's (Garmin, Simrad, Raymarine, Comnav) are similar in $ with but a few hundred bucks difference. you just need to choose which you like most.

FYI, long range charter fishing boats are NOT allowed to go out if their AP is broken, it's that important (shiz happens to the best of them including the Intrepid (out of San Diego, CA) last season around thanksgiving if i recall).
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Love mine! 25 Competition
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
Hands down, its the most important thing on my boat. I won't own another boat without it. When you are 60 miles offshore and you can kick back on the leaning post with a sandwich and a coke and don't have to steer the boat for the next 60 miles, you will know what i mean.

what he said..
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Ditto on all positive comments...hands down my favorite addition to my boat! We use the circle pattern feature after trolling knock downs...fight the fish to the inside of the lazy circle and it frees up the capt to help gaff the fish. Others have already mentioned but after a long day on the water offshore it sure is nice to set the throttles and AP for home, kick back and enjoy the ride.
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I have a contender 23t and the garmin autopilot. Its amazing. The convenience factor is great, being able to sit back and enjoy a coffee on the way out and a beer on the way in is priceless. The extra pair of hands while fighting fish or trolling, not having to constantly adjust while running somewhere, I cannot praise it enough.

I now consider it a mandatory piece of my electronics package
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
Hands down, its the most important thing on my boat. I won't own another boat without it. When you are 60 miles offshore and you can kick back on the leaning post with a sandwich and a coke and don't have to steer the boat for the next 60 miles, you will know what i mean.
Other then safety equipment, it's the most important thing on my boat as well for all of the above reasons mentioned. Will ALWAYS have one on future boats as well.
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I started the install, but did not finish as yet.
just need to work on the hydraulics

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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet, but the newer AP's are very useful in close quarters 0/0 piloting (no visibility beyond my bow).

On several occasions I've come all the way back to my slip (through inlet, up a channel, past several narrow passes) using the AP to do the gross steering. I occasionally have to adjust the heading to avoid a buoy or another boat, but for the most part it does the hard work while I watch out for hard objects.

The advantage is that the AP doesn't over steer like I would by hand. With no reference other than a compass, it's very easy to over/under steer while trying to make a turn greater than 15 degrees.

The AP turns just enough to stay on course, and starts the turn where it is supposed to. This reduces the pucker factor considerably.

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