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September 21, 2007

Simrad AP12/14 Autopilots

These inexpensive newautopilots from Simrad are 12V DC units that boast an incredibleamount of versatility. The AP12 has a fixed-mount controller andcomes in two versions: the AP12H for vessels with hydraulic steering,and the AP12R for those with mechanical steering. The AP14 featuresall of the same versatile systems as the AP12, but comes witha remote handheld controller with a built-in LCD screen. Bothautopilots allow adjustment of rudder gain, and feature automaticadjustment of auto-trim and sea state via the microprocessor.The fluxgate compass is self-compensating, and you can also mixand match control heads with these pilots to create customizeddual systems. Simrad Inc., Lynnwood, WA; (800) 426-5565. www.simrad.com.