Autopilot for Marlin

boatino

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What autopilot's are you running for a Grady White Marlin? Just spoke to BOE marine and they recommended the Simrad AP44 with the RPU160 pump. A lot of my inboard boat friends are running the Raymarine EV-200 with a type 1 pump. They said that pump would be undersized for my outboards and recommended the EV-400 unit. The boat is a 2000 Marlin. I slow troll for salmon on Lake Ontario so having a multitude of trolling patterns is really not a concern for me. I just want it to hold the boat on course. Thanks in advance for the help.

John
 

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What electronics do you currently have on the boat? If everything you have is brand X, then I would consider staying with brand X. Not saying other brands won't work together, but probably easier to integrate within the same brand.
 

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What electronics do you currently have on the boat? If everything you have is brand X, then I would consider staying with brand X. Not saying other brands won't work together, but probably easier to integrate within the same brand.
Raymarine currently. Just a 7" combo unit and a 7" dragonfly, (which i hate). The A7D unit reads great with the original through hull transducer. I would probably upgrade soon.
 

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2007 Marlin, Twin 250 Yamahas ... All Raymarine. ( hd radar, auto pilot, s127 with clearvision , e7, es78 with chirp downvision , Ray 218 VHF, .. EV150 Auto pilot ,, NO REGRETS AT ALL .. All networked together .. the Auto pilot will track to a waypoint selected. It seams that many Autopilot installations are not networked with the chart plotter ... With that configuration you loose half the value of having an Auto pilot. The EV150 "LEARNS" as it is used.. By tracking to a waypoint it makes course corrections and adjusts for wind, current, tide , etc. .. Right on the money every time.
 
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I run a Simrad AP28, on my 2007 Marlin with 2007 Furuno plotter. Everything ties together, but there are slight variations that drive me to distraction. It has to do with the heading displays. They don't match and are off by just a bit. It is not enough to tear it apart in search of perfection, but still it bugs me.

I'd never own another boat without an AP.
 
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I run the simrad ap 24 withe 160 pump on my 272 sailfish with twin 250's and it is flawless. I slow troll for salmon as well here in washington. I also make long runs offshore for bottomfish and tuna, 40+ plus miles each way. Ive had zero complaints, in fact, it is by far my favorite added modification to the boat. I run 2 systems for electrinics and one is lowrance which is directly tied to my autopilot so I can choose a waypoint and nav to with the pilot. Its sweet
 
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Garmin Reactor 40.... but everything else is Garmin... if i had Raymarine MFD(s) id be putting the Raymarine AP on there..... and once you have it you wont be able to live without it...
 

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2007 Marlin, Twin 250 Yamahas ... All Raymarine. ( hd radar, auto pilot, s127 with clearvision , e7, es78 with chirp downvision , Ray 218 VHF, .. EV150 Auto pilot ,, NO REGRETS AT ALL .. All networked together .. the Auto pilot will track to a waypoint selected. It seams that many Autopilot installations are not networked with the chart plotter ... With that configuration you loose half the value of having an Auto pilot. The EV150 "LEARNS" as it is used.. By tracking to a waypoint it makes course corrections and adjusts for wind, current, tide , etc. .. Right on the money every time.
Ttles714,
What pump are u running with your EV150 autopilot? I was told the ev150 wouldn’t be able to handle the size of the Marlin. It’s quite a bit cheaper than the EV-400 that was recommended..

John
 

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NO Bail, I have the same issue with my Furuno AP. The boat heading is in blue and the AP compass heading in red. Since the auto pilot wanders a little with its constant corrections (wind sea etc.) I just thought that was the way it it behaves. Always finding the correct compass degrees set on the activator. Anyway, got to love the way it works, My first since my commercial fishing days and the best "mod" on the boat. My 2 bits, trapper