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Octopus Autopilot: Garmin vs Raymarine

Old 03-03-2014, 03:26 PM
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I have a 22 1/2 ft Bayliner Express Cruiser that I use on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie trolling for king salmon, walleye, steelhead etc. it has a mercruiser I/O with power assisted mechanical steering. I need an autopilot primarily for trolling, allowing me to set gear and land fish.

I've decided on an Octopus drive that slaves into my mechanical steering linkages back by the motor. Any opinions on what electronics work better with the octopus, say the Raymarine Evolution 200 core pack vs a Garmin GHP12 core pack? I have a Raymarine chart plotter / sonar currently, but will probably upgrade in next two years.

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Old 03-03-2014, 03:52 PM
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Raymarine will not need a rudder reference unit, but Garmin will. In this comparison I would pick the EV-200.
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Will the raymarine and octopus setup handle holding a relatively straight course while trolling around 2mph? What are your reasons for liking the ray over the garmin? I'll be installing this system myself
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Raymarine will be an easier install because you don't need the rudder reference unit. As long as your drive is adequately sized and your steering has no slop either pilot will perform perfectly.
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How can I tell if my current steering system is a "non feed back" type by looking at its components? I believe the octopus is only compatible if the boat DOES NOT have a non feedback system in it.

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