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Autopilots, Tiller Pilots

An autopilot allows your ship to be steered automatically by means of a manual course to steer. From different data sources, the autopilot adapts the response of the rudder to follow the course to steer and corrects if necessary. Here we answer frequently asked questions about the functionality, selection, installation and components of an autopilot.   Learn more about Autopilots, Tiller Pilots...
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Raymarine

Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus
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RAYMARINE Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus
only 403 30 € €574.20
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Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus
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Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
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RAYMARINE Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
only 998 27 €
(1)
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Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST1000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
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RAYMARINE Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
only 554 57 € €690.20
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Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus
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Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
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RAYMARINE Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
only 1.109 19 €
(1)
Available on 07.07.2020
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
Tiller Pilot ST2000 Plus incl. Smart Controller
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
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RAYMARINE EV-100 Tiller Pilot
only 1.411 72 € €1,734.20
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EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
EV-100 Tiller Pilot
-19%
S1 Tiller Drive Unit
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RAYMARINE S1 Tiller Drive Unit
only 726 00 € €812.00
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S1 Tiller Drive Unit
S1 Tiller Drive Unit
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EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
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RAYMARINE EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
only 1.411 72 € €1,734.20
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EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
EV-100 P70s Wheel Pilot Pack
-19%
Drive Unit E12093, single
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RAYMARINE Drive Unit E12093, single
only 655 42 € €725.00
(1)
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Drive Unit E12093, single
Drive Unit E12093, single
Drive Unit E12093, single
Drive Unit E12093, single
Drive Unit E12093, single
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Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
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RAYMARINE Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
only 3.015 07 € €3,474.20
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Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 linear package
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Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilots / type 1
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RAYMARINE Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilots / type 1
only 1.784 82 € €1,972.00
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Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilot / type 2S
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RAYMARINE Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilot / type 2S
from 2.016 76 € €2,262.00
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2 variants
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Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilot / type 2L
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RAYMARINE Electromechanical Linear Drive for Autopilot / type 2L
from 2.218 44 €
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Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
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RAYMARINE Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
from 1.562 98 € €1,740.00
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Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
Mechanical Rotary Drive for Autopilots
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EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
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RAYMARINE EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
only 2.097 43 € €2,314.20
(1)
Available on 16.07.2020
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
EV-150 Auto Pilot with P70Rs
-9%
Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 package
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RAYMARINE Autopilot EVOLUTION EV-200 package
only 2.520 96 € €2,894.20
(3)
Only 1 in stock
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Pump Units for Autopilot
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RAYMARINE Pump Units for Autopilot
from 695 75 € €754.00
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Pump Units for Autopilot
Pump Units for Autopilot
Pump Units for Autopilot
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Pump Units for Autopilot
Pump Units for Autopilot
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Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
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RAYMARINE Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
from 2.924 32 €
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4 variants
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
Hydraulic Linear Drives for Autopilots
p70s Autopilot Control Head
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RAYMARINE p70s Autopilot Control Head
only 605 00 € €690.20
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p70s Autopilot Control Head
p70s Autopilot Control Head
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p70Rs Autopilot Control Head
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RAYMARINE p70Rs Autopilot Control Head
only 675 58 € €748.20
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p70Rs Autopilot Control Head
p70Rs Autopilot Control Head
p70Rs Autopilot Control Head
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Autopilot Panel p70R
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RAYMARINE Autopilot Panel p70R
only 605 00 € €748.20
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Autopilot Panel p70R
Autopilot Panel p70R
Autopilot Panel p70R
Autopilot Panel p70R
-19%
Wireless Remote Control S100
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RAYMARINE Wireless Remote Control S100
only 403 30 € €481.40
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Available on 07.07.2020
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
Wireless Remote Control S100
-16%
Wireless Remote SmartController
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RAYMARINE Wireless Remote SmartController
only 594 91 € €655.40
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Wireless Remote SmartController
Wireless Remote SmartController
Wireless Remote SmartController
Wireless Remote SmartController
Wireless Remote SmartController
-9%
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
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RAYMARINE Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
from 1.492 40 € €1,618.20
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6 variants
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
Autopilot EVOLUTION with control unit
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EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
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RAYMARINE EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
only 1.270 53 € €1,386.20
(1)
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EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
EV-100 Tiller Pilot with P70s
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Actuator Control Units ACU
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RAYMARINE Actuator Control Units ACU
from 403 30 € €458.20
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Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
Actuator Control Units ACU
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Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
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RAYMARINE Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
only 705 83 € €812.00
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Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
Autopilot Sensor EVOLUTION EV-1
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Rudder position transducer
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RAYMARINE Rudder position transducer
only 282 30 €
(2)
Only 5 in stock
Rudder position transducer
Rudder position transducer
Rudder position transducer
Tiller Bolts for Autopilots
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RAYMARINE Tiller Bolts for Autopilots
only 4 79 €
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Tiller Bolts for Autopilots
Tiller Bolts for Autopilots
Tiller Bolts for Autopilots
Mounting socket for tiller pilot
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RAYMARINE Mounting socket for tiller pilot
only 6 85 €
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Mounting socket for tiller pilot
Mounting socket for tiller pilot
Tiller Bolt with Nut
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RAYMARINE Tiller Bolt with Nut
only 17 65 €
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Tiller Bolt with Nut
Tiller Bolt with Nut
Tiller Pilot Pushrod Extension
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RAYMARINE Tiller Pilot Pushrod Extension
from 23 15 €
(22)
6 variants
Tiller Pilot Pushrod Extension
Tiller Pilot Pushrod Extension
Tiller Pilot Pushrod Extension
Tiller Bracket
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RAYMARINE Tiller Bracket
from 50 37 €
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5 variants
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Socket for Tiller Pilot
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RAYMARINE Socket for Tiller Pilot
from 80 62 € €87.00
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Socket for Tiller Pilot
Socket for Tiller Pilot
Socket for Tiller Pilot
Socket for Tiller Pilot
-7%
Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
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RAYMARINE Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
only 83 65 €
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Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
Mounting Socket Arm for Tiller Pilot
Replacement Battery for Smart Controller
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RAYMARINE Replacement Battery for Smart Controller
only 70 53 €
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Replacement Battery for Smart Controller
Replacement Battery for Smart Controller
Replacement Battery for Smart Controller
ST4000 Drive Belt
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RAYMARINE ST4000 Drive Belt
only 59 45 €
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ST4000 Drive Belt
ST4000 Drive Belt
Push Rod End Piece
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RAYMARINE Push Rod End Piece
only 20 11 €
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Push Rod End Piece
Push Rod End Piece
Push Rod End Piece
Gear Set for ST1000+ / ST2000+
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RAYMARINE Gear Set for ST1000+ / ST2000+
only 57 43 €
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Gear Set for ST1000+ / ST2000+
Gear Set for ST1000+ / ST2000+
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
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RAYMARINE SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
only 110 87 €
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SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk NG Starter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
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RAYMARINE SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
only 127 00 €
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SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit
SeaTalk1 to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit

Simrad

Tiller Pilot TP 10
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SIMRAD Tiller Pilot TP 10
only 332 72 € €509.12
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Tiller Pilot TP 10
Tiller Pilot TP 10
Tiller Pilot TP 10
Tiller Pilot TP 10
Tiller Pilot TP 10
-35%
Tiller Pilot TP 22
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SIMRAD Tiller Pilot TP 22
only 453 73 € €662.24
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Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
Tiller Pilot TP 22
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Tiller Pilot TP 32
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SIMRAD Tiller Pilot TP 32
only 584 82 € €821.74
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Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
Tiller Pilot TP 32
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NAC-2 VRF Autopilot Core Package
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NAVICO NAC-2 VRF Autopilot Core Package
only 1.381 47 € €1,492.31
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NAC-3 VRF Autopilot Core Package
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NAVICO NAC-3 VRF Autopilot Core Package
only 2.168 02 € €2,329.86
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AP44 Autopilot Package with NAC-2 and RPU-80 Pump
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SIMRAD AP44 Autopilot Package with NAC-2 and RPU-80 Pump
only 2.208 35 € €2,388.41
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AP44 Autopilot Package with NAC-3 and RPU-160 Pump
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SIMRAD AP44 Autopilot Package with NAC-3 and RPU-160 Pump
only 3.090 70 € €3,345.44
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WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
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NAVICO WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
only 473 91 € €524.40
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WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
WR10 Wireless Remote Control for Autopilots
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OP12 Autopilot Controller
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SIMRAD OP12 Autopilot Controller
only 352 89 € €382.34
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OP12 Autopilot Controller
OP12 Autopilot Controller
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AP44 Autopilot Controller
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SIMRAD AP44 Autopilot Controller
only 574 74 € €655.95
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AP44 Autopilot Controller
AP44 Autopilot Controller
AP44 Autopilot Controller
AP44 Autopilot Controller
AP44 Autopilot Controller
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AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
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SIMRAD AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
only 1.008 35 € €1,135.06
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AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
AP48 Autopilot Control Panel
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HS60 GPS Compass / NMEA2000
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SIMRAD HS60 GPS Compass / NMEA2000
only 907 51 € €1,008.04
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PRECISION-9 Compass
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NAVICO PRECISION-9 Compass
only 635 24 € €721.54
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PRECISION-9 Compass
PRECISION-9 Compass
PRECISION-9 Compass
PRECISION-9 Compass
PRECISION-9 Compass
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RF40 Rudder Feedback Unit
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SIMRAD RF40 Rudder Feedback Unit
only 322 64 € €346.97
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RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
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SIMRAD RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
only 320 62 €
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RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
RF25 Rudder Feedback Unit / 5m SimNet
Mounting socket for tiller pilot
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RAYMARINE Mounting socket for tiller pilot
only 6 85 €
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Mounting socket for tiller pilot
Mounting socket for tiller pilot
Cantilever Bracket for Tiller Pilot
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SIMRAD Cantilever Bracket for Tiller Pilot
only 85 67 € €90.60
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Cantilever Bracket for Tiller Pilot
Cantilever Bracket for Tiller Pilot
Cantilever Bracket for Tiller Pilot
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Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
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SIMRAD Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
from 66 51 €
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Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Pedestal Assy for Tiller Pilot
Tiller Bracket
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SIMRAD Tiller Bracket
from 42 30 €
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Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Tiller Bracket
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
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SIMRAD Pushrod Extension for Tiller
from 26 17 €
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Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Pushrod Extension for Tiller
Spare Parts Kit for TP 10/22/32
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SIMRAD Spare Parts Kit for TP 10/22/32
only 19 11 €
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Spare Parts Kit for TP 10/22/32
Spare Parts Kit for TP 10/22/32
Waterproof Connector for TP10
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SIMRAD Waterproof Connector for TP10
only 82 64 €
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Waterproof Connector for TP10
Waterproof Connector for TP10
Waterproof Connector for TP10
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
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NMEA2000 NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
only 100 79 €
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NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C
NMEA2000 Starter Kit / Micro-C

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Autopilots and tiller pilots

What does an autopilot do?

An autopilot is an automatic steering device for boats. In other words, it steers the boat for you. From different data sources, the steering system / course computer calculates the course and intervenes if necessary. Most pilots work via compass or GPS. Additionally, you can use external NMEA2000 data sources such as wind sensors to give the pilot a wind angle to steer. Whether you are going on a long trip, racing or looking for a suitable autopilot for a relaxed afternoon cruise, we offer you the right autopilot for every application. Through the knowledge of our experts and our comprehensive product range, you will quickly find the right autopilot for your boat or the right spare part. 
 

Which autopilots are out there and what should be considered when choosing?


The following types of autopilot are generally available:
 
Tiller pilots
Wheel pilots
Inboard autopilots


How to choose the right autopilot:


Each autopilot type has its own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing an autopilot, it is important that you base your calculations on realistic data from your boat. Does your boat really have a displacement of 11 tons or is it more like 13 tons when fully loaded? Often the actual displacement of a fully loaded boat is a good 20% above the stated displacement. Whether your boat is heavy or light at the rudder also plays a role. This information is extremely important when selecting an autopilot system, because it won't help if you go for a cheaper option and the autopilot's drive mechanism cannot move the rudder blade from light to hard in a reasonable time or stops after some time due to overload. However, be careful not to go for one that is too big, as this would be a disadvantage in terms of price, weight and consumption. You should therefore choose an autopilot drive suitable for your boat and with the right capacity.


Using cockpit pilots

If you intend to use your autopilot only during good weather and in light swells then you can safely go for a Raymarine ST series tiller pilot, Simrad TP series tiller pilot or Raymarine wheel pilot. Please note that these autopilots do not have powerful drives due to their design and are therefore not very efficient in heavy waves and rough seas. Choose your autopilot according to the displacement of your boat when it is fully loaded and allow for some margin.



Using inboard autopilots

If, on the other hand, you do not want to forego your autopilot even in bad weather conditions, or if you want to kit out your boat for a long journey or a round the world trip, then we strongly recommend the installation of an inboard autopilot. The drives of these autopilots are designed for continuous operation and are usually much more powerful. For example, hydraulic linear drives provide a maximum thrust of up to 1.2 tons and easily keep boats with a displacement of up to 35 tons on course. Depending on the existing steering system, hydraulic, electromechanical or for chain steering systems, so-called rotary drives or geared motors are available.

Choosing the right autopilot drive and course computer depends on the existing steering system, the actual displacement of your boat and whether your boat is heavy or light at the rudder, for example long keel boats, which are usually heavy to steer. For hydraulic steering systems, you may be able to continue to use the existing hydraulic pump, you only need the appropriate course computer and accessories. Which course computer you need depends on the amperage (A) of your existing pump or drive. If you need a new hydraulic pump, choose one according to the volume of the existing hydraulic cylinder and then choose the course computer appropriate to the hydraulic pump. Make sure that the whole hydraulic system is proportioned correctly in accordance with the rudder pressure.



What types of drive are available for autopilots?


Hydraulic drives
 

The rudder is moved by means of a hydraulic pump and a hydraulic ram. The size of the hydraulic pump depends on the volume of the hydraulic cylinder. Special continuous-operation pumps are available for large ram types up to about 1200ccm. Information about the volume of the hydraulic cylinder can be found in the manual or on the ram itself. The size of the hydraulic pump determines which course computer to choose. Make sure that the course computer is able to operate the hydraulic pump.

 

Hydraulic linear drives
 

Hydraulic linear drives are designed for use on larger, mechanically steered ships and can easily guide a ship with a displacement of up to 35 tons. Since hydraulic linear drives require a lot of power, a course computer with a high switching power is required in most cases. Make sure that the course computer is able to operate the hydraulic pump.

Mechanical linear drives
 

Mechanical linear drives are the most commonly used drives on sailing yachts. This is because they deliver high thrust of up to 20 tonnes in a relatively compact design. By mounting below deck, these drives move the rudder directly from the tiller arm or rudder quadrant. It is important that the installation of the mechanical linear drives is carried out professionally. It is essential that the drive is firmly fixed to the hull of the vessel, and there is often a need to reinforcce or adapt the location where the ram base is fixed, because otherwise the drive will break away from its fixings at high thrust.

Mechanical linear drives are available in different sizes. Make sure that the course computer is able to operate the hydraulic pump.

 

Mechanical Rotary Drives
 

Rotary drives, are used on motor and sailing boats with cable or push rod control and a displacement of up to 20 tons. With this steering system the rudder is moved by a chain and a gear wheel. It may be necessary to adapt the on-board control system to integrate the rotory drive.

Rotary drives are available in different sizes. Make sure that the course computer is able to operate the motor.

 

Outboard with cable steering
 

This type of drive provides automatic steering for outboard engines with Morse 290, 304411 and Teleflex SSC52 cable steering. Installing the drive is usually quick and easy, the steering control cable is routed through the drive and the drive is mounted directly behind the steering wheel.

 

Z-drives
 

It is possible to install a course computer appropriately dimensioned for your Z-drive. The course computer is connected directly to the Z-drive. Make sure that the drive and the course computer are compatible. In this respect, there are differences depending on the manufacturer of the Z-drive. Please contact us or the manufacturer before purchase.

 


What does an autopilot system comprise?


An autopilot system basically consists of a drive unit or ram, a compass, a rudder feedabck, a course computer and a control unit. On tiller pilots like the Raymarine ST series and Simrad TP series, all these components are built into one housing. For inboard pilots, all these components are installed individually.

The course computer and the compass sensor are the central system of the autopilot. Modern heading sensors are much more than a simple direction indicator. In addition to the current course, ship movements in all directions are measured and used to optimally calculate the necessary rudder movement. Be sure to follow the installation instructions in the compass sensor manual and select the installation location accordingly. While with older compass sensors it was possible to hear a rattling sound when moving the sensor quickly, modern sensors no longer contain moving parts, but work with solid-state technology.

In addition, an autopilot control unit is usually included in the autopilot system for inboard autopilots. Some systems allow you to integrate a wireless handheld remote control or a chart plotter or multifunction device. A rudder position sensor, so-called "feedback", or rudder reference unit, is not required for all autopilot systems and is therefore not included as standard with all manufacturers.
 
 

How can the autopilot be calibrated and is a rudder position sensor necessary?


Modern autopilot systems no longer require calibration by default. In order to determine deviation and steering response, the autopilot sensor measures all relevant data while the vessel is in motion and virtually calibrates itself. Once you are satisfied with the autopilot's steering response, some autopilot systems allow you to disable automatic calibration of the autopilot system.

Modern autopilots are able to determine the position of the rudder by manually calibrating the rudder position once. However, the position of the rudder can be determined much faster and more accurately with the aid of a rudder angle sensor, and some display devices can only show the current rudder position in conjunction with appropriate rudder angle sensors.
 
 

How do you operate an autopilot?


An autopilot is usually operated using a special autopilot control panel, although in most cases tiller pilots are operated using the buttons on the tiller pilots themselves.

A special autopilot display, usually found on inboard pilots, allows you to set and correct course to steer, make adjustments, and turn the autopilot on or off. Modern autopilots can also be controlled with a compatible chart plotter or multifunction display. It is possible to send waypoints and routes via a chart plotter to the autopilot or to correct the course. This means that the autopilot control unit can be fully replaced by a compatible chart plotter. However, we strongly recommend that you continue to use your own autopilot control panel mounted at the helm station, as this display gives you constant and above all quick access to the autopilot functions. If, for example, you need to disengage the autopilot quickly in a dangerous situation, or set it to standby in order to operate the rudder yourself, you will first have to tediously activate the standby function on the chartplotter, whereas there is an extra standby button on the autopilot control unit, which can be pressed quickly in an emergency.

Autopilots can also be operated via a radio remote control. Operation is largely limited to course corrections and switching to standby mode, but important data such as current speed, depth or course can also be displayed on some models.
 
 

What general steering modes are there?


Autopilots generally have the following steering modes:
 
Compass steering
Waypoint steering
Wind sensor steering

There are additional steering types depending on the manufacturer, that can be used for catching fish or special steering for motor boats.


Compass steering

As the name suggests, the autopilot follows a fixed course using compass steering. This mode is the most common way to use an autopilot and it is a reliable way to steer, especially for long distance trips. The boat is set to the desired heading and this is maintained by the autopilot through permanent course corrections.
 

Waypoint steering

When steering to a waypoint or route, the autopilot maintains the course needed to reach the set destination, the waypoint, or a route comprised of several legs from one waypoint to another. In this case, you will have to acknolwedge the arrival at a waypoint to give the new leg instruction to the pilot. This means that the autopilot constantly adjusts its course to the current destination.
 

Wind sensor steering

This type of steering requires an external wind sensor which is able to supply data to the autopilot. With this method, it is a wind angle that is set to steer with. The pilot keeps that wind angle constant, whatever the wind direction. The boat keeps the same wind angle, following the wind. This is a useful mode for ocean racing when wind conditions are stable. 




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