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Old 12-30-2017, 03:28 PM
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Looking for some help on autopilot selection as I have Seastar steering. I have all Garmin electronics (7612xsv chartplotter & GMR18HD radar).

I've done a lot of reading but not quite sure which unit would work best for my type of steering.

Any help / advice would be greatly apprciated.
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Old 12-30-2017, 03:35 PM
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I went with a Raymarine EV200. For me it was the best unit for the price. Haven't interfaced to the GPS yet but will do that if it becomes necessary. For now, it keeps the boat at the heading I set. I love Captain Ray! Can't believe I fished offshore without an AP.
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Old 12-30-2017, 03:44 PM
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i have garmin GPS with Simrad Autopilot (seastar hydraulic on twin F225's). garmin GPS will probably give you better display if coupled with Garmin autopilot. they are both good.
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:35 PM
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Thanks everyone. Any other opinions?
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:23 PM
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I have had Raymarine and Garmin Autopilots. Both work well but If you already have Garmin I think I would go with them. For about 3K you can find the Garmin GHP Reactor Corepack with GHC20 and a 2.1 L pump. Don't get the shadow drive it does not work. These guys have pretty good prices if you call them https://www.wmjmarine.com

There is a smaller less expensive system but I do not have any experience with it. I have heard that the less expensive model will go off line at low speed sometimes in bumpy water but for $1,500 it might be worth stopping and starting it a few times.

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https://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat...b1ab94371fed89
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Is this system for your Formula?
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by CheckMateTim View Post
Thanks everyone. Any other opinions?
I suppose if I had a garmin network i’d go with a garmin pilot but since I don’t and have had 4 fantastic years with a Raymarine Evolution EV-200, I’d strongly recommend it. The unit has exceeded my expectations in all respects....

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Old 01-02-2018, 11:57 AM
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What boat is it for. What type of steering does it have?
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
Is this system for your Formula?
yes.
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I installed the latest Garmin with the Smart pump, and am super happy with it. Sure it stung a bit on price but paired with 2 7612xsv's and it is super. I primarily use the heading hold mode, or the GPS to a point and both are super. Have not played with the other modes too much. This is on a Bluewater 2850 with twin Suzuki 300's
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Originally Posted by Kevinwwings2 View Post
I installed the latest Garmin with the Smart pump, and am super happy with it. Sure it stung a bit on price but paired with 2 7612xsv's and it is super. I primarily use the heading hold mode, or the GPS to a point and both are super. Have not played with the other modes too much. This is on a Bluewater 2850 with twin Suzuki 300's
Thank you very much!
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I am amazed how accurately it holds a course. If you leave the speed constant it is commonly less than 10' off course, and this is running 75 miles in a straight line. If you start adjusting the speed, like running 30mph, then pull it back to idle for a few minutes it will end up a bit more off course, but this is running across the Gulf Stream that is usually pushing North at 5mph. I have seen as much as 120' off course, but that was a pretty extreme day, windy, rough and in the stream. No way I could do any better without working way too hard on it.
I am also amazed how quickly it starts to make a correction, like it will adjust as your going up a wave, then make the opposite correction as you go down the back of that same wave. I almost wonder if it is going to burn its self out working so hard at it. These new electronics are amazing at how fast they refresh, as compared to the stuff just 10 years ago.
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Good to hear. My new build has the same Garmin set up.
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:33 PM
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Based on my research, I need the
Reactor™ 40 Hydraulic Corepack with SmartPump.

Who has the best price on this on this forum? Thanks!
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I agree, the smartpump is ideal for your boat. Here is a link to it https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/599935#accessories

Be sure to get a rudder reference unit too.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:15 AM
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does your formula have outboards or inboards? is there any power assist to the steering?
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Amity83 View Post
does your formula have outboards or inboards? is there any power assist to the steering?
Inboards (Twin 502's). No power assist.... hydraulic steering.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
I agree, the smartpump is ideal for your boat. Here is a link to it https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/599935#accessories

Be sure to get a rudder reference unit too.
Thanks and I planned on getting rudder reference. Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:28 PM
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Anyone know who has the best prices on these units? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by CheckMateTim View Post
Anyone know who has the best prices on these units? Thanks!
This is an MRP pricing product (minimum retail price). You will not find it for less than $4099 (unless someone is willing to break the rules and risk being cut off by Garmin)
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