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The Simrad AP80 is a cost-effective, reliable and user friendly heading control system for all vessel types. The AP70 and AP80 will steer water jets, rudders, pods, stern drives, azimuth thruster and tunnel thrusters providing flexibility across all vessels; all with the same user interface.
Both the AP80 and AP70 are designed to ensure that a system can be built to suit the vessel requirements. The slightly larger AP80 is totally modular in nature, so installation and operation are effortless. Both control units share common autopilot computers and accessories. With 6 individual scenario profiles, networking with NMEA2000 cabling, a special work mode, and triple support of independent rudders and multiple thrusters, the Simrad AP80 is a one stop shop for vessels from 20 feet to supertankers.
The AP80 offers one of the smartest autopilot solutions on the market today. It will adapt to your individual load characteristics, and wind and wave conditions, to help lower operating costs and reduce risk.
The AP80 is also built from ruggedized marine-grade aluminium, and has the all new colour user interface displayed on the sunlight viewable display. In addition to the dedicated mode, command and turn keys and rotary knob, a USB port is provided on the front for storing and uploading of autopilot settings. Individual preferences or fleet settings are easily saved and restored, providing a smart way to ensure consistent operation.
Previous generations of Simrad autopilots were renowned for their work mode, this has been extended on the AP70 and AP80 with multiple Work Modes. Additionally, multiple Nav and Auto modes are provided, enabling simple performance selection depending on your task.
With the ability to store up to 3 individual scenario profiles, and self-learning software, this modular system makes installation and operation easy.
Economy mode provides excellent course-keeping with minimal rudder corrections.
The AP70 and AP80 also utilize the intelligent SimNet protocol, making installation, data sharing and system control throughout the network easier.
The AP70 and AP80 integrate with 3 different full function remotes: Follow-Up Control, Non Follow-Up Control, and the Quick Stick™. Each has a 35mm x 25mm (approximately 1inch) display, are type approved, and can be desktop or panel (flush) mounted. Each remote is also backward compatible with Simrad’s AP24, AP28, NSS, NSE, and NSO.
The FU80 (a manoeuvre controller) is a Follow Up remote which means that the rudder, when hand steering, moves to the commanded angle set by turning the knob to port or starboard.
The NF80 (a drive controller) is a Non Follow Up remote which means that the rudder, when hand steering, moves as long as the steering lever is kept at maximum port/starboard position. It can also be used for course change when auto-steering. The lever has spring return to mid-position.
The QS80 (Quick Stick controller) operates the same way as NF80 when the joystick is kept to port or starboard. When the joystick is moved forward and released, the autopilot goes into automatic mode. When the joystick is moved backwards when automatic steering is active, the autopilot goes to standby. If the joystick is moved backwards when standby, the rudder moves to mid-position. The joystick has spring return to center position.
The Simrad AP70 and AP80 have a range of 7 new autopilot computers. Their main job is to receive events from the various control units and remotes on SimNet, transmit the chosen mode back to the control units, and steer the vessel according to current mode.
Simrad's autopilot systems are backed by a full two-year warranty which is supported by a global service network.