Garmin auto pilot, coming very soon

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

7 Responses

  1. James says:

    So, any idea if it will work with my new IPS drive boat, already fully Garmin’ized with 2 5212’s, 404 radar, etc? Full drive by wire system.

  2. Gary Wood says:

    I had a 38 foot aluminum catamaran built last year. It has two TR-1 autopilots. One for the 15 HP Honda kicker motor to use for fishing, the second to use with the main engines at 30 knots. Fishing with a TR-1 (now Garmin) is fantastic. It steers so you can check your lines and play with your bait and lures. It has a small remote that you hang on your belt so you can speed up, slow down, go to idle, and steer right and left. The Gladiator drive for the main engines works just as well, including the “shadow drive”. Both take a bit of computerized tweeking so they match your boat, but it is easy to do. I would not have a powerboat without the two autopilots. Now if they would just make something that will work well on my sailboat….

  3. Salva says:

    No, IPS only approved pilots are Raymarine and Simrad.

  4. Right, the Garmin pilot will only work with hydraulic steering systems. IPS is fly-by-wire, and Volvo has let Raymarine and Simrad build interfaces between their autopilot computers and controls and the IPS steering electronics.
    I imagine Cummins Merccruiser has made similar arrangements for the Zeus and Azium drives, but I don’t have detail.

  5. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Are sailboats in the target market ?
    1) How would the system realize that a sudden increase in force is due to a user at the wheel vs. increased forces at the rudder in response to a change in sail trim or wind gust ?
    2) For those of us that set our autopilots to xx degrees off the wind, we would still want the -1, -10, +10, +1 style interface.

  6. Dan, The original Nautamatic auto pilots were not intended for sail boats, few of which have hydraulic steering anyway. I don’t know what Garmin’s plans are, or how the new control head works, but should know more in a couple of weeks, when the Garmin team comes to install the GHP in the Wesmac.

  7. glenn says:

    I have hydraulic system on a 42′ sailing cat with garmin 3210 and would be intrested in what you find out. I’ll check back in a bit.

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