Simrad AP44 Autopilot Controller VRF high capacity pack
Everything you need to build a Simrad autopilot system.
Ideal for outboard and I/O boats up to 15 metres (50 feet).
Easy setup with automatic tuning and compass calibration.
Virtual Rudder Feedback eliminates the need to install a mechanical rudder feedback unit.
Includes the AP44 autopilot controller with optically bonded 4.1-inch colour display and intuitive controls.
Automated turn patterns for fuel-efficient, hands-free manoeuvres.
No Drift steering holds your course against wind and tide (with optional GPS receiver).
Depth contour tracking makes it easy to fish ledges and drop-offs (with optional depth transducer).
Includes the RPU-160 reversible hydraulic pump (for cylinder displacement of 160-550 cm3)
Includes the high-current NAC-3 autopilot computer
Includes the Precision-9 solid-state compass for accurate heading data that’s automatically fine-tuned as you travel
Includes all required NMEA 2000® network connectors and cables
Complete High-Capacity System Pack
This complete pack includes everything you need to build a Simrad autopilot system for hydraulic-steered outboard and sterndrive (I/O) boats up to 15 metres (50 feet). The RPU-160 reversible hydraulic pump handles cylinder displacement of 160-550 cm3, and is driven by the high-current NAC-3 autopilot computer. This pack also includes the Simrad Precision-9 solid-state compass, plus all cabling and connectors required to build an NMEA 2000® network backbone or connect your autopilot system to an existing NMEA 2000® network.
Easy Installation and Setup
Autopilot installation and commissioning doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The AP44 offers automatic tuning to ensure optimal auto-steering performance, with a simple on-screen commissioning process including dockside configuration and sea trial. Automatic compass calibration improves heading accuracy as you travel, using data gathered by the Simrad Precision-9’s internal array of solid-state sensors.
Virtual Rudder Feedback
Simrad Virtual Rudder Feedback (VRF) technology eliminates the need to install a mechanical rudder feedback unit aboard outboard and sterndrive (inboard/outboard) boats. VRF technology greatly simplifies autopilot installation while delivering uncompromising Simrad Continuum steering performance.
AP44 Autopilot Controller
The AP44 Autopilot Controller features a full colour display, intuitive rotary dial and button controls, and modern glass helm styling. Free your hands from the wheel, cruise in comfort, and discover new ways to search for fish; this dedicated controller offers easy access to automated turn patterns, No Drift steering, depth contour tracking, and other advanced pilot features. Connect your chartplotter to add waypoint and route navigation, and enjoy full autopilot control from compatible Simrad displays.
Automated Turn Patterns
Your Simrad autopilot can do much more than keep you on course. The AP44 gives you easy access to a range of built-in turn patterns designed to assist with fishing, diving, or just making a quick and efficient U-turn. Choose a turn, select port or starboard, and you’re away. For more control, customise your turn pattern to execute complex spirals, zigzags, and other useful manoeuvres.
No Drift Steering
No Drift mode integrates GPS navigation with auto-steering, using your position to counteract the effects of wind and tide. This lets you maintain a straight track over ground on your current heading, without having to manually set a waypoint or route. To unlock this powerful feature, simply combine your AP44 autopilot system with an NMEA 2000® connected GPS receiver or compatible Simrad chartplotter.
Depth Contour Tracking
Network your AP44 autopilot system with a compatible echosounder module to enable depth contour tracking. In this mode, the AP44 will auto-steer to maintain a constant depth of water beneath your boat – perfect for following depth contours while fishing or cruising, without having to define complex multi-waypoint routes.
Simrad Precision-9 Compass
The Precision-9 Compass supplies accurate heading and rate-of-turn information to your autopilot and other onboard systems over an NMEA 2000® connection. Heading is determined by an internal array of solid-state sensors that constantly measure motion and orientation on nine axes. The Precision-9’s solid state technology is not only accurate and precise, but also exremely reliable with no internal moving parts. An easily adjustable mounting bracket and single-cable connection allow simple installation aboard any vessel, including up-mast mounting suitable for interference-free operation with steel hulls.