I'm getting ready to fit out a Defever 48 I'm buying and need to install full electronics. The first items are an autopilot for the hydraulic steering and a gps/plotter. I'm liking the new web connected Standard Horizon gps/plotter but was undecided about the auto. I've had Raymarine and Navman/Northstar. Although they were on very different boats I think I liked the Raymarine more. Any thoughts? I also want the capability to add a wireless remote at a later date.
We installed a Simrad AP24 on Hobo*last spring and it has worked flawlessly. We contacted Simrad via email an gave them the boat and steering specifications. They sized the pump and listed all the components. We bought ours on line for ~$3200 complete. They have a 2 year warranty. I've called them with some basic questions and they have been real supportive. The AP24 system uses NMEA 2000. It will accept NMEA 183 inputs but you will need to buy a converter from Simrad. You can go to their site and download or read all the manuals.
Huatulco, Oaxaca, MX