In the market for a new Autopilot
for my Tri. Originally I had settled on the simrad autopilot
to go with the simrad
NSS9 ev02 I purchased but in reading through Simrad's own website they recommend going with a B&G autopilot for sail boats.
So now I'm completely confused. Should I stick with my original simrad idea or go with the B&G, what are these sailing specific features that the B&G offers?
Also from what I understand the B&G uses the same interface features so i'm assuming there won't be any compatability problems between the Simrad GPS
and a B&G autopilot, correct?
Which B&G? The H5000 or the Triton? What's the difference from a cruising perspective?
And if I can add in here.. Both simrad and B&G seem to offer high current
and low current
models of the AP computers
, what does that mean?
What about the drive unit? I need to add a linear drive
unit as I only have cable steering
at the moment and plan to keep my current raymarine wheel
pilot as a backup AP. I see all kinds of different drive unit options such as split or integrated, and long short and medium length. Which one do I need? Please educate me on this stuff. Thanks!
ps.. I also bought recently the Simrad IS20 Combi instrument package to go with this.
And, as far as cost.. Let's assume I'm not too worried about cost however I do not like paying for features and options I don't need or won't use. So if it works from a practical and useful perspective then we're ok, if it's double the price
for a feature I might use once a year it's not really ok.