I have a 36' trawler
. My Robertson AP1000 autopilot
seems to be dying and I haven't been able to find anything amiss with it.
I'm currently running an older (not vintage but not touchscreen/wifi either) Raymarine
C80 plotter with DSM 250 sounder module and radome. It works fine, although the plotter interface and detail leaves some to be desired.
I've started using OpenCPN
running on a laptop
as a secondary plotter, and I use it for managing all my routes, waypoints, etc as it's much easier to do on a PC. I also have cameras and a custom made PLC monitoring system on the boat, so the PC is multi-purpose. I just use a USB dongle GPS antenna
to run Open CPN
Question is, I'm looking at replacing my autopilot
. The hydraulic pump works fine, but something in the Robertson control system/interface is amiss.
Option one is to buy (likely a Raymarine) a whole new autopilot (minus the pump) that may or may not work with my existing C80 plotter. It doesn't have to interface with it, my current
Robertson is stand-alone.
Option two is to get parts
that might work with a PC and Open CPN
. I'm not finding any specific examples out there of get this part and that part and it will work. I don't have a ton of time available right now to mess with it. Any tried and true systems out there that would run on the PC and potentially save some $$ over buying
a whole new system?