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Simrad Launches New AP48 Autopilot Controller

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Announcing the new Simrad AP48 Autopilot Controller — a premium dedicated control head for Simrad Continuum autopilot systems, featuring an optically bonded 4.1-inch full color display and modern glass-helm styling.

The AP48 provides an ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angle and full access to advanced Continuum steering features including Automated Turn Patterns, No Drift steering and Depth Contour Tracking, in addition to a large aluminum rotary control dial and dedicated dodge keys for easy incremental heading adjustment.

The new AP48 offers users the same intuitive interface as the compact AP44, but with a larger rotary control dial, dedicated ‘dodge’ keys, and other extended keypad controls. The rotary dial provides precise steering control, while dodge keys enable instant heading changes in one-degree or ten-degree increments. Designed for optimal control in all conditions, the AP48’s large buttons are ideal for use with wet or gloved hands.

simrad autopilot for fishing boatDesigned to do much more than keep a vessel on course, the new controller gives users easy access to a range of built-in turn patterns to assist with fishing, diving, or just making a quick and efficient U-turn. For greater control, boaters can customize turn patterns to execute complex spirals, zigzags, and other useful maneuvers.

With a compatible echosounder module to enable depth contour tracking, the AP48 can also be set to auto-steer to maintain a constant water depth beneath the vessel – perfect for following depth contours while fishing or cruising, without having to define complex multi-waypoint routes.

Featuring a simple on-screen commissioning process including, dockside configuration and sea trial, the AP48 offers automatic tuning to ensure optimal auto-steering performance. Automatic compass calibration is available with the Simrad Precision-9 solid-state compass, further simplifying autopilot setup, while ensuring heading accuracy.

“Autopilot control is a vital part of any onboard electronics suite,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “The precision, functionality and ease of use the new AP48 offers gives users powerful, practical features in a stylish package. No matter what conditions you are heading in to, the AP48 offers boaters a vital extra crew member to take the wheel and steer with confidence.”

For more information about Simrad Yachting marine electronics visit www.simrad-yachting.com.

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