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Old 03-12-2005, 10:43 PM
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here is some information you might find useful in making your
autopilot decision:

AP12 system basic economical autopilot
small control head, elec. compass and pump that handles up
to 15 cubic inch or less for boat less than 30'
strickly a entry level pilot and not to be confused with
AP16,25,26,27.This is a one size so to speak fits all.
It has different drive variations, by hydraulic pump wise
it is one pump.

If you are trying to stay within a budget then, by all means,
AP12 will meet your needs. But, A16 is by far the pilot
you should look at. Remember this with very few exceptions
the thing when comes to purchasing an autopilot the only
thing the boat owners actually decides is the control size.
Your boat decide everything else. As far as pump size on either
single or dual outboard application, with the make and model
of the ram you can determine what pump you need. On most
newer boats with helm pump steering, the AP pump
ties in on the back via Ts on the port, starboard, and return line.
Th e Simrad pumps are RPU 8O (11 cu. in.) or
RPU-160 (22cu. in.) Most outboard applications use the RPU-80.
The other two options are larger J-box that has 2 NMEA IN/OUT
ports and clock/radar out puts for heading to your radar etc and
an upgraded rate compass for signal speed and stablization.

If you chose to have an autopilot on your vessel, it is the most
critical decision concerning your electronics. Your are going to steer you boat electronically, that in itself is a major ordeal. it is not something you want to base your decision on price alone.

Simrad is the king of the mountain for autopilots and has been for years. every other manufacturer compares their pilots to a Simrad.


el flaco loco
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:10 AM
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Default RE: S-1000 autopilot w/twins seastar steering

If you have a "liquid tie-bar" you only have to consider the cubic inch displacement of one ram. If not then you are doubling the requirements.

Flaco- Did you hear the one about Beaudrau and Tibedaux?
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:12 PM
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it is boudreaux and thibodeaux
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:15 PM
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I stand corrected
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:52 PM
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What is a "Liquid tie-bar"?
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:23 AM
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A direct fluid connection from one ram to the other. Your pilot pump is actually just moving fluid in one ram which in turn moves the other.
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:17 AM
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elflacoloco - 3/12/2005 10:43 PM

here is some information you might find useful in making your
autopilot decision:

AP12 system basic economical autopilot
small control head, elec. compass and pump that handles up
to 15 cubic inch or less for boat less than 30'
strickly a entry level pilot and not to be confused with
AP16,25,26,27.This is a one size so to speak fits all.
It has different drive variations, by hydraulic pump wise
it is one pump.

If you are trying to stay within a budget then, by all means,
AP12 will meet your needs. But, A16 is by far the pilot
you should look at. Remember this with very few exceptions
the thing when comes to purchasing an autopilot the only
thing the boat owners actually decides is the control size.
Your boat decide everything else. As far as pump size on either
single or dual outboard application, with the make and model
of the ram you can determine what pump you need. On most
newer boats with helm pump steering, the AP pump
ties in on the back via Ts on the port, starboard, and return line.
Th e Simrad pumps are RPU 8O (11 cu. in.) or
RPU-160 (22cu. in.) Most outboard applications use the RPU-80.
The other two options are larger J-box that has 2 NMEA IN/OUT
ports and clock/radar out puts for heading to your radar etc and
an upgraded rate compass for signal speed and stablization.

If you chose to have an autopilot on your vessel, it is the most
critical decision concerning your electronics. Your are going to steer you boat electronically, that in itself is a major ordeal. it is not something you want to base your decision on price alone.

Simrad is the king of the mountain for autopilots and has been for years. every other manufacturer compares their pilots to a Simrad.


el flaco loco
You are right about Simrad being the KING of autopilots. I would have to say atleast 95% of autopilots out there are Simrad Robertson pilots. Almost all commercial and big offshore boats request Robertson because they are pretty much bulletproof and you get years of good reliability. Match up one of their pilots with their color radar and plotter and you have one hell of a system.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:42 AM
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This is an old thread but I thought I'd add to the info. I installed an S-1000 on a C-Dory Catamaran, TomCat TC255. 25.5', about 30' including the engines (Suzi DF115s) and Armstrong bracket. I have twin SeaStar Steering with the Rams mentioned here and the liquid tie bar. I was concerned about capacity but have to say, it has performed flawlessly so far. The pump is a little noisy but it's something you get used to very quickly. At higher speeds, you don't hear it at all.

It's easy to use, takes the "go to" function from my E-80 system through a NMEA 0183 link. Keeps me from being wired to the helm physically, I can move around and do stuff but, as always, keep looking out the windows! I'm on the Potomac River at the mouth, can see Pt. Lookout and the bay from my pier.

Charlie
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