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Old 10-01-2014, 06:11 AM
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Hey everyone,

I'm in the market for an auto pilot for my boat and I'm a little lost on what I'll need and what fits my budget.

I have a 26' groverbuilt. Inboard engine with a rudder. Right now the rudder has cable steering. I wouldn't be opposed to switching to hydraulic steering, but I was wondering what kind of options there were for my current system (octopus drive?).

I have a garmin 840xs as my gps. In terms of what I'm looking for in an autopilot, I really just want the ability to push a button and for the autopilot to hold my current course. I don't need the autopilot to have the ability to navigate through a course.

My budget right now is for a system that is under $2k.

Anyone have any ideas for me? Am I out of luck with a budget like that?

Thanks!
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Garmin GHP10 You will need hydraulic steering and that may put you over your budget

$1675 from BOE Marine

http://www.boemarine.com/garmin-ghp1...ntrol-display/
Old 10-01-2014, 07:16 AM
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So to make that setup work I would need to buy a hydraulic steering system and then also buy the autopilot steering pump, right? That seems like it would put that setup around $3k.

Do I have to go with a garmin autopilot? For example, would a simrad autopilot connect to my current garmin chartplotter via the NEMA2k connection and function?

I am also wondering if there are aystems that don't need a chartplotter to work. Is there a system that has it's own compass built in and just uses that to keep the boat on course?
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Here ya go!

http://www.boemarine.com/si-tex-sp-1...al-dash-drive/
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Thanks! that looks like exactly what I'm looking for!
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Let me know when you are ready!
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Used to fish the Gut in a 26 with a buddy of mine, awesome little boat .
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I've got a 26' CENTURY CCF with all GARMIN electronics. The GHC10 autopilot is great especially with a G2 VISION card and Auto-guidance.

It take a while to get the autopilot tuned and to get used to Auto-Guidance. I am hooked on this feature -- everyone should try Homeport and Auto-Guidance

The Garmin Autopilot is easily interfaced with all Garmin hardware and add in the HOMEPORT software to build routes, manage waypoints and tracks that you can upload easily to your chart plotter and in turn your autopilot.

GO GARMIN !!!

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