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Old 15-10-2015, 20:15   #1
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Can I install a second autopilot head?

While at the boat show, i noticed a nice idea on a boat. They had autopilot control head on pedestal, but another near companionway under dodger. Not a new idea, but one I would like to replicate. Nice to be able to steer from shelter when away from traffic.

Problem is, my boat has a B&G Network Pilot (ACS1) which is out of production. Does anyone know if a newer B&G head would work on this pilot, or if there is a place to buy older B&G parts? I had tried to track down a remote for this autopilot last year but no one has it. I wonder if control head would be more common. I assume you can wire a second head into same pilot computer and whichever one is activated will control the pilot? And no, at this point replacing a well functioning pilot isn't in consideration unless you have an extra 3000 to give me.


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