Simrad AP70 and AP80 Autopilot Systems

Simrad AP70 and AP80 autopilot systems launched to global markets Cost effective, reliable and user-friendly heading control systems for all vessel operators.

Oslo, 26, September 2011: Marine electronics giant Navico is set to break new ground with the launch of its Simrad AP70 and AP80 Autopilot Systems. The IMO compliant, adaptive heading control systems provide complete heading and course control for a wide range of vessels.

"The Simrad AP70 and AP80 raise the bar yet again for autopilot systems, as we have done with all our Autopilot Systems since the introduction of the AP1 almost sixty years ago," says Tim Ryder, Director Professional Market. "They adapt to the environment such as wind and wave conditions, and boast a completely new and unique, colour user interface with intuitive graphics. In addition there are 6 independent work profile settings to quickly enable the autopilot to a new operation like slow speed maneuvering, net hauling, and helicopter pick up."

Both the type-approved AP70 and AP80 feature adaptive software, dynamic positioning system interface, networking with NMEA2000 cabling, one normal mode and 5 special user configurable work modes, and triple support of independent rudders and multiple thrusters (AP70 supports a combination of 3 rudder and thrusters, and the AP80 a total of 6). The modular system is very user friendly as it is easy to install and simple to operate. All Simrad AP70 and AP80 Autopilot System configurations are sold with a full two-year warranty that is supported by an extensive global service network. AP70 and AP80 will be available in December 2011.

"Our Autoplilots are the most reliable heading control systems on the market, proven by the thousands of Simrad Autopilots that are in service today. Ship owners will experience the day-to-day benefits of lower operating costs and reduced risk provided by our cutting edge technology," states Ryder. "To be frank, there is no other steering system that can boast the same performance, ease of installation, durability and versatility."

The Simrad AP70 and AP80 feature support of multiple rudder and thruster configurations and are suitable for use onboard a variety of vessel types. These include work boats, fishing vessels, patrol vessels, short sea vessels, passenger ferries and super yachts, in both white sea and deep sea applications.

The Simrad Yachting brand has over 60 years of expertise in the maritime and offshore sectors. The AP70 and AP80 Autopilot Systems is the second product launched in the Professional Series this year, following the Simrad Argus Radar System that was presented in April.


26th Sep 2011