Sim­rad AP48 Au­topi­lot Con­troller

$950; sim­rad-yacht­

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW ELECTRONICS - BY JA­SON Y. WOOD

Sim­rad takes con­trol for its Con­tin­uum au­topi­lots to the next level with the AP48. This stand­alone unit fea­tures a full-color 4.1-inch dis­play, over­size knob, and ded­i­cated dodge and standby keys, all of which are easy to use with wet hands or while wear­ing gloves, in con­junc­tion with the dis­play’s 170-de­gree view­ing an­gle. Sim­rad says the con­trols of­fer spre­ci­sion when set­ting and ad­just­ing course, and also of­fer a se­lec­tion of pro­grammed turn pat­terns to as­sist with fish­ing or div­ing. When linked to a com­pat­i­ble depth­sounder, the AP48 can steer a depth con­tour line, a boon to both cruis­ers and an­glers. Ac­cord­ing to Sim­rad, the AP48 has a sim­ple on-screen com­mis­sion­ing process and also cal­i­brates the Sim­rad Pre­ci­sion-9 solid-state com­pass. While in­te­gra­tion and clean de­sign have been a grow­ing trend in helm lay­outs for quite some time, a stand­alone au­topi­lot con­trol is with­out ques­tion a wise ad­di­tion to any­one’s helm.

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