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Proven performance and reliability for all types of powerboats

Proven Technology

State-of-the-art electronics are incorporated into Simrad autopilot systems, reducing the workload when you are at the wheel.. Simrad autopilot systems reliably and accurately control heading using efficient turns, improving run times and reducing fuel consumption. Simrad autopilot systems take the worry out of constant course corrections and is a great fit for both veteran and inexperienced boaters.

A wide array of available modular components allows users to quickly and easily build the perfect autopilot system to fit any needs. Once a system is put together, Simrad autopilot acts as another trusted crewmember. Whether combining a custom system or selecting a core-component pack, any boater will enjoy the advantage and freedom of a Simrad autopilot system.

Build your autopilot system

There are a number of components that make up an autopilot system, but if you approach it in the right order, it’s straight forward. A lot of the choices are made for you based on the type of steering system you have on your boat. Start by understanding what type of steering you have, then work through the drive selection process, this will in turn select the right computer for you and help you understand if you need a rudder feedback unit, then you can you can select the controller and any additional accessories you may need.

Drive Unit

An autopilot drive unit translates instructions from your autopilot system into movements of your rudder or outboard. The drive unit you’ll need depends on the type of steering system you have and the size of your boat. Is your steering system hydraulic or mechanical?

Rudder Feedback Units

Rudder feedback units are small sensors that measure and report rudder position, enabling precise rudder control for smooth and accurate steering. On smaller boats, Virtual Rudder Feedback (VRF) eliminates the need to install a physical sensor by using a software-based approach to calculate rudder position.

Autopilot Computer

An autopilot computer is the brains of your Simrad Continuum autopilot system. It continuously monitors data from compasses, rudder feedback units and other on-board instruments, and steers to your chosen heading or course. An autopilot computer also includes the electronics required to operate your drive unit.

Autopilot Controllers

Controllers provide a status display and a hands-on interface to your autopilot system, allowing you to set a course or use more advanced auto-steering features. Choose from a dedicated controller or control your autopilot system using a Simrad multifunction display.


Compasses: to set and hold a course, your autopilot needs to know your current heading. This is supplied by a position sensor – an electronic compass – below deck.

Remote Controllers

Our autopilot remotes can be combined with a multifunction display at the helm to add traditional hands-on steering control, or mounted elsewhere aboard your vessel to provide autopilot heading control from a fly bridge or other convenient location.

Tillerpilots for Sailboats

Simrad TP10, TP22 and TP32 tillerpilots offer reliable, standalone performance for sailboats with tillers up to 37ft.

Customise or Select from Prepackaged Autopilots

Simrad autopilot systems make it easy with a range of complete, full-featured system kits, and core-component packs (just choose a drive unit and controller). Offering great value for smaller powerboats, Simrad Outboard Pilot and DrivePilot™ packs include complete autopilot systems designed exclusively for on-screen control from your existing Simrad multifunction display.

Drive & Computer Selection & Compatibility

Steering System

Typical Vessel

Steering Configuration

Required Drive Unit

Required Computer & RFU Drive

Hydraulic & Hydraulic Power Assisted (with RAM or Cylinder)


35ft & Under


Single Outboard


Outboard Pilot/ DrivePilot Hydraulic Pack NAC-2 & VRF

Twin Outboards

(Single hydraulic cylinder < 15

cubic in or 250cc)



Inboards (Steering cylinder < 15 cubic in or 250cc)


NAC-2 & RF25

Over 35ft


Twin/Tripe/Quad Outboards (Dual Cylinder/Cylinder Capacities 10-33 cubic in or 160-550cc )



Inboards (Dual Cylinder/Cylinder Capacities 10-33 cubic in or 160- 550cc)


NAC-3 & RF25

Inboards (Dual Cylinder/Cylinder Capacities 17-58 cubic in or 290- 960cc)


(12 or 24V)

NAC-3 & RF25

Electronic Steering Systems (Steer by Wire)




Seastar Optimus 360

Not Required


SG05 Autopilot Computer for Optimus/ CANbus Steering


Yamaha Helm Master™




SG05 Autopilot Pack for Volvo EVC


Helm Drive Cable Steered

32ft and Under

Single Outboard


Cable Steer Pack


Solenoid Steering



Not Required

NAC-2 or NAC-3 & RF25

Mechanical Steering


Cable & Quadrant

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Mechanical Steering

Read our Autopilot Buyers Guide