Simrad Debuts New Autopilot Range

September 7, 2016

Yachting Journal

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Designed for powerboats and sport-fishing vessels, the new Simrad autopilot range features increased accuracy, easier commissioning, simple integration via NMEA 2000 networking, as well as adding Continuum Steering to the entire line of Simrad autopilots — a new technology that delivers even more responsive and reliable steering, according to the manufacturer.
Powered by the NAC-2 (up to 35-foot vessels) or NAC-3 (over 35-foot vessels) autopilot computer, which can drive inboard and outboard engines, this new range of autopilot products is a major development for Simrad.
The AP44 Autopilot Controller is a 4.1-inch color display with rotary dial and button controls, and modern glass-helm styling. The controller offers easy access to Automated Turn Patterns, No Drift Steering, Depth Contour Tracking and other advanced pilot features. A replacement for legacy systems, the AP44 can be connected with a chartplotter to enable waypoint and route navigation – in addition to full autopilot control from compatible multifunction displays.
The IS42 Color Instrument Display easily integrates with NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 multifunction displays and glass helm systems. The IS42 can function as an instrument display or as a standalone autopilot controller — when paired with the OP12 — aboard smaller vessels. View wind, speed, depth, engine data, autopilot status and more at a glance, or add the optional OP12 wired remote to take full control of the autopilot system.
“Simrad has an unparalleled legacy in autopilot technology,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. "These new system components build on that legacy and further demonstrate our commitment to provide boaters with the easiest to use, most reliable and accurate autopilot systems on the market.” 
The new autopilot components are scheduled to ship in September 2016.
  • AP44 Autopilot Controller (MSRP $599) 
  • IS42 Digital Display (MSRP $549) 
  • OP12 Wired Remote (MSRP $269) 
  • NAC-2 Autopilot Computer (MSRP $849) 
  • NAC-3 Autopilot Computer (MSRP $1,499) 
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