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Old 06-12-2011, 07:05   #1
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Autopilot Integration: The Holy Grail

Here is my search for an Autopilot Holy Graill:

I have an ancient Robertson AP1000 Autopilot and the microprocessor in the control head just died. I am trying to find out the best ($ for value) options that will allow me to update the system while making use of existing components that are still robust: a hydraulic linear drive (Robertson); fluxgate compass (Robertson); and chartplotter (Raymarine E120).

My hope is that there is a (relatively) simple way of adding a new autopilot control head that will make use of the very sturdy stuff that still works.

Anybody have any ideas on how to integrate and spare me unnecessary expenses?

Mark Schneider
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:19   #2
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Re: Autopilot Integration : the Holy Graill

Hey Mark
We had a Robertson AP2500 fail last year and used up all of our spare parts getting it working. Over the summer I found a retired Robertson tech who still works on the old ones and has quite a good inventory of spares. We had him repair our compass and junction box. His service was prompt and the price was fair. Drop him an email at
West Coast Marine Electronics
2858 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
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