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Old 03-06-2015, 10:14   #1
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"The Autopilot"

The boat that I adopted came equipped with an antique autopilot and I'm determined to find out more about it. Electrical technologies of years past seem to be durable and serviceable, both of which are characteristics I find appealing. But, then again I'm a "more is less" kind of guy. If I can diagnose with a multi-meter and fix it with a soldering iron that's a plus in my book.

I am looking for anyone that may have some information about this autopilot from what I can find is from the late 70's or early 80's. I have tried, fruitlessly, to research this equipment (what components there are, how it works, specifications etc).
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Old 03-06-2015, 14:50   #2
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Re: "The Autopilot"

I have heard that's what the "CPT Autopilot" used to be called. But it looks a lot different today so I'm not sure.

Contact the current owners of that line, find them @ CPT Autopilot Inc.

Searching cruisersforum for CPT might be fruitful as well.
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Old 03-06-2015, 15:46   #3
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Re: "The Autopilot"

Yes, it appears to be a very early CPT autopilot, made in the inventors garage in Ft Lauderdale back when I lived there. The current CPT is just what you are looking for - strong and simple. Mine is ten years old and I admit to being in love with it.

You can call Jeff at CPT but I have a feeling he wont be able to provide much help. Its a really old unit.

Www.cptautopilot.com
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Old 03-06-2015, 17:03   #4
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Re: "The Autopilot"

You all were right on! Thank you, now I can sleep again! I am contacting CPT but after reading the diagnostics links from the website, it seems as though it may be more advantageous to replace the whole system. The original optical compass is missing along with the steering wheel drive.
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Re: "The Autopilot"

Jeff at CPT is an engineer and business owner and pretty knowledgeable guy. His autopilot is strong and simple and reliable. Its been steering my 20000lb cutter for ten years - no complaints. I highly recommend it.
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Re: "The Autopilot"

I have a new version of the CPT and it is far superior to the Raymarine that I had. Handles much stronger seas. Live it. You should contact CPT in California, they are great folks and the customer service is wonderful. They can tell you how to check if yours works.


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