Installation & Integration
Two new autopilot computers provide substantially more drive current than previous generations and incorporate our new SimNet plug and play sensor technology. New SimNet compass and rudder sensor, are easier than ever to install; because you no longer have to run dedicated cables back to the autopilot computer. Instead the new SimNet sensors conveniently connect via the SimNet backbone.
The advanced nature of the SimNet network insures the compass and rudder data is automatically routed back to the Simrad AP28 Marine Autopilot, plus any other SimNet compatible instruments, such as Simrad IS20 Instruments Compass and Rudder displays. SimNet also features Slim Line connectors for easy cable routing, so you'll be up and running in very little time.
Virtual Rudder Feedback
This unique feature, recently introduced to Simrad marine autopilots means that no rudder feedback unit is needed for outboards and stern drive boats. In terms of installation, you will save a huge amount of time and aggravation thanks to this sophisticated new feature.
Simrad AP28 Autopilot include a number of self calibrating features that automatically compensate for the unique handling characteristics of your boat and sea conditions, insuring optimum performance without the need for expert manual calibration. Simrad engineering ensures that you can always go to sea in the confi dence that your Autopilot is pin-point accurate and highly reliable. The Simrad AP28 Marine Autopilots boasts state of the art technology so you know you'll be safe, you know you'll hit your way points and you know that you'll arrive on time. But what about en-route? What can the Simrad AP28 Marine Autopilot do for you?
This unique Simrad feature utilizes data from your fishfinder or depth instrument to maintain a set water depth, just as if you were manually steering your boat along depth contours on a paper chart. This leaves you free to concentrate on the big catch, enjoy the shoreline view or trim your sail.
Integrated Turn Patterns
When fishing or looking for a wreck, you might choose from a variety of automatic steering patterns that can help you in your search.
The dodge function allows you to navigate around obstructions without disengaging your autopilot.
No Drift Mode
Combining the power of the autopilot and the GPS on the SimNet allows you to operate in no drift mode; it counteracts the effects of wind and tide to ensure your track is straight and true.
Advanced Wind Steering
The AWS feature provides unbeatable autopilot performance for any sailing vessel. AWS is ideal for single-handed sailing or racing. Utilizing wind and GPS data simultaneously, it is possible to hit long distance waypoints dead-on, without deviating from the original course line or build-up of signifi cant cross track error.
Rate Of Turn Control
Simrad AP28 Autopilot is equipped with advanced control algorithms that enable smooth and precise turns regardless of sea conditions. This feature also improves tack and gybe performance on sailboats.
Simrad AP28 Marine Autopilot include a number of data pages where you can view autopilot parameters such as compass heading, set course, rudder position, as well as information received from other SimNet compatible equipment such as GPS navigation data and Simrad IS20 marine Instrumentswind, depth and speed data.
Expanded multi-station compatibility offers several control options including use of Simrad AP24 Marine Autopilot control unit. Any future autopilot control units will also work thanks to the SimNet system.
Simrad offers a range of extra display and control optionsfor the AP28
* AP28 Control Unit * AP24 Control Unit * IS20 RUDDER Display * IS20 COMPASS Display * JS10 NFU-Joystick * R3000X NFU Remote Control * AT10 NMEA 0183 to SimNet converter(s) * WR20 Wireless Remote Control
The West Advisor
The West Advisor articles have answered boaters' questions and provided solutions to boating problems for more than 20 years. West Marine has compiled one of the Web's most comprehensive collections of technical boating information articles.