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Old 08-08-2013, 08:28 PM
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How much should I expect to pay someone to install an autopilot? I am in South Florida if that makes a difference.

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I have all components minus hydro cables. Furuno basically told me plug and play before I purchased the unit (I realize its not that easy but you get the idea).

Thinking about undertaking the task myself, but I just don't have the time.

Thanks in advance. Any recommendations on installers would also be appreciated.
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I'd imagine 500 bucks plus misc parts. The autopilot is the easy part its figuring where to mount it all running wires and tying into the steering that sucks.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by bradv View Post
I'd imagine 500 bucks plus misc parts. The autopilot is the easy part its figuring where to mount it all running wires and tying into the steering that sucks.
Would you mind breaking that out into hours and how much an hour please?
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5 at 100 an hour
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Originally Posted by bradv View Post
5 at 100 an hour
If you can do it in 5 hours, you're hired.
Mount all the equipment, Fluxgate compass, dash control head, blackbox, rudder feedback unit, install the hydraulic pump and lines, bleed the steering system, interphase the wiring, initiate the unit, do a seatrial, then clean up in 5 hours?
I need to hire you------.
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We generally charge $1500 for the install and Sea Trial. We are on the cheap side in our area. Figure another $300 or so for hoses.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
We generally charge $1500 for the install and Sea Trial. We are on the cheap side in our area. Figure another $300 or so for hoses.
We are at around $1000 for the install, no sea trial, no hoses, that being on an outboard.
Labor is hundred an hour. I wouldn't say we are the cheapest, but most times we don't have to go back due to leaks, etc.

There are a number of good installers in WPB, and from what Bradv is stating, looks like he would be a good place to start. He's in Jupiter.
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ha ha he said it was all plug and play. i have never done the furuno ones. i was basing it off the garmin ones ive done. i would figure for it all done turn key calibrated and set up closer to what you two are saying.
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ha ha he said it was all plug and play. i have never done the furuno ones. i was basing it off the garmin ones ive done. i would figure for it all done turn key calibrated and set up closer to what you two are saying.
Come down to Ft Lauderdale, I will hire you all day long to install Garmin GHP 10 systems, for $500 labor only, that will work when done. A nice neat professional job. Seriously.
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I just installed a Simrad AP. I did all the hardware installation. Had my electronic guy follow up behind me to check my work and handle the electrical wiring, networking, calibrating and sea trial. He charged me 500 for his time.
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Electronics Unlimited on Ft Laud charges 1350 with sea trial and calibration....whatever you do, get someone that knows what they are doing..A/P require skill to put in and get working well....
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
If you can do it in 5 hours, you're hired.
Mount all the equipment, Fluxgate compass, dash control head, blackbox, rudder feedback unit, install the hydraulic pump and lines, bleed the steering system, interphase the wiring, initiate the unit, do a seatrial, then clean up in 5 hours?
I need to hire you------.
Nonono!

I´ll hire him

where shall i send the flight ticket?
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
Electronics Unlimited on Ft Laud charges 1350 with sea trial and calibration....whatever you do, get someone that knows what they are doing..A/P require skill to put in and get working well....


Oh s----! You actually want it to work? Well, that is extra.
Had a customer once, asked my how much to purchase and install autopilot, I said 4k. He said he has one in his boat for $1500, I said, "Why are you replacing it?", he said it doesn't work.
I said, 4k for one that is installed and works properly.
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
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Oh s----! You actually want it to work? Well, that is extra.
Had a customer once, asked my how much to purchase and install autopilot, I said 4k. He said he has one in his boat for $1500, I said, "Why are you replacing it?", he said it doesn't work.
I said, 4k for one that is installed and works properly.
The one I like is people would come into EU and say "Oh Sh** - that's too much for me to pay to install the A/P, can't you just tell me how to do it"?

Ahh the public...
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No kidding Glen E. APs can be easy or difficult depending on the make of boat, make of AP and difficulty in running wire & hydraulics.

I have installed 3 Garmin GHP 12 systems and each one was completely different from the one before it because of pump, rudder linkage or wiring.

A 5 hour install Forget about it. Unless it is an outboard using a Nautimatic TR-1, maybe.
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Damn... This is a discouraging thread... I was planing to install a GHP 20 in my boat on the near future and doing it myself... Now I'm not so sure..
I mean, I know how to handle myself around projects in a boat, but this is something new...
I really miss Kerno. I learn what little I know about hydraulic steering from him and I knew he was there if I screw something up...
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I can install any autopilot, any make, any model for only $59.99 !!

I'm the Earl Scheibe of installers.
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I thought I would ask because I was quoted 20 hours from a professional installer and I was taken back, considering I would be mounting all the hardware myself. Granted, the guy said he would need to come and see the boat first to give me a better idea, but I don't want to waste his time b/c I am not even in the same realm as far as my expectations.

I am most reserved about properly setting up the rotary rudder feedback, hydrolics and heading sensor (I don't have much extra space and lots of potential interference issues).

I prefer to do most boat work myself, but I will defer when its is something I dont have the proper tools or skill. With that said, even considering what has been said above, it looks like I will be attempting this on a weekend with a buddy. I guess I will report back how it goes. Problem is I don't have a free weekend for months.....hmmmmm.

Maybe Glen will walk me through it, lol.
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My response in this threat was, every autopilot installation is different.
I have almost never seen one installed in 5 hours, and that is on outboard powered boats with no rudder feedback indicator.
You have a "never seen" quote of 20 hrs.
Most people that are in "the biz" on this thread say approx 10 hrs.
Sounds to me that you are on a budget.
The install stuff is pretty basic, location is key, READ the instructions and follow them, as to placement and mounting of pumps, fluxgates, and feedback angles.
Look at your boat, figure out where you can put a fluxgate, you may not like where it will fit, but generally there is always a place it will go.
Mark where you think the stuff will go.
Hire a pro to come and pre inspect placement.
Install the equipment in sections, electrical, plumbing, etc.
Make sure you bleed the steering, autopilot pump and all.
Then hire a pro to check the work.
Remember, you installed this stuff yourself, so, when or if there is an issue, the pro will have to re-check the WHOLE installation, there are no shortcuts in this process.
$1000 or so sounds kinda cheap now------.
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I used to be a do it yourself guy. As I have matured, I have learned that paying for things like electonics installs are cheap money compared to me half assing it and having it never work as advertised. Nevermind taking me away from actually using the boat, or spending time with the kids. As a rule of thumb, I budget the price of electronics for the install. It is usually less in reality.

I do throw quite a nutty though when I have an "expert" do an install and it is half assed.
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