AP44 Autopilot Controller

Part # 000-13289-001

The AP44 Autopilot Controller combines Simrad Continuum steering technology with a full colour display, intuitive rotary dial and button controls, and modern glass helm styling. Free your hands from the wheel, cruise in comfort, and discover new ways to search for fish; this dedicated controller offers easy access to automated turn patterns, No Drift steering, depth contour tracking, and other advanced pilot features. Connect your chartplotter to add waypoint and route navigation, and enjoy full autopilot control from compatible Simrad displays.

Key Features

  • Optically bonded 4.1-inch colour display
  • Ultra wide 170-degree viewing angle
  • Simrad Continuum steering technology
  • Intuitive autopilot control with simple menus and waterproof silicon keys
  • Quick and easy rotary-dial course adjustment
  • Automated turn patterns for fuel-efficient, hands-free manoeuvres
  • No Drift steering holds your course against wind and tide
  • Depth contour tracking makes it easy to fish ledges and drop-offs
  • Easy setup with auto tuning and calibration
  • Low-profile glass helm design
  • Low power consumption
  • Certified NMEA 2000® connectivity
USD MSRP:
$599.00
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    Optically bonded 4.1-inch colour display

    Visibility of heading, course and status information is essential when relying on your autopilot. The AP44 achieves this through a full-colour graphical display that allows for clear presentation of autopilot data and intuitive on-screen menus.

    To ensure optimal visibility in all conditions, the AP44’s LCD panel is optically bonded to its protective glass covering – eliminating the possibility of condensation or fogging within the display. Transflective LCD technology makes use of reflected sunlight to brighten rather than obscure the screen, delivering superior day-time visibility and lower power consumption compared to traditional backlit displays.

    Intuitive autopilot control

    The point of a dedicated autopilot controller is to enable immediate access to auto-steering functionality, placing key controls within easy reach. Designed with that purpose in mind, the AP44 includes an intuitive interface with just four buttons and a push-to-enter rotary control dial. The rotary controller lets you make both large and small course adjustments with speed and precision, while also making it easy to select on-screen menu options without repeated button-presses.

    Simrad Continuum steering technology

    Every Simrad steering innovation builds upon a legacy encompassing over sixty years of autopilot development, which continues today at Simrad Yachting’s autopilot research hub in Norway. This legacy is exemplified by the Continuum algorithm: the software that drives Simrad steering technology. Continuum brings all those years of research and on-water experience to your helm, for a smart pilot you can trust to take the wheel. Simrad autopilot solutions are available for a wide range of applications, from the smallest recreational boats up to large commercial vessels.

    Automated turn patterns

    Your Simrad autopilot can do much more than keep you on course. The AP44 gives you easy access to a range of built-in turn patterns designed to assist with fishing, diving, or just making a quick and efficient U-turn. Choose a turn, select port or starboard, and you’re away. For more control, customise your turn pattern to execute complex spirals, zigzags, and other useful manoeuvres.

    No Drift steering

    No Drift mode integrates GPS navigation with auto-steering, using your position to counteract the effects of wind and tide. This lets you maintain a straight track over ground on your current heading, without having to manually set a waypoint or route. To unlock this powerful feature, simply combine the AP44 with an NMEA 2000® connected GPS receiver or compatible Simrad chartplotter.

    Depth contour tracking

    Network your AP44 autopilot system with a compatible echosounder module to enable depth contour tracking. In this mode, the AP44 will auto-steer to maintain a constant depth of water beneath your boat – perfect for following depth contours while fishing or cruising, without having to define complex multi-waypoint routes.

    Easy setup with auto tuning

    Autopilot installation and commissioning doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The AP44 offers automatic tuning to ensure optimal auto-steering performance, with a simple on-screen commissioning process including dockside configuration and sea trial. Automatic compass calibration is available with the Simrad Precision-9 solid-state compass, further simplifying autopilot setup while ensuring heading accuracy.

    Low-profile ‘Glass Helm’ design

    Designed to complement Simrad glass helm displays, instruments, and controllers, the AP44 features modern styling with a low surface-mount profile of just eight millimetres. A compact overall footprint enables mounting almost anywhere, while a large display ensures maximum visibility and ease of use.

    Display

    Display Resolution 320 x 240 (H x W)
    Display Type LED-backlit optically bonded full-colour transflective TFT-LCD
    Display Size 104 mm / 4.1 in

    Technical/Environmental

    Operating Temperature -25°C to 65°C / -13°F to 149°F
    Operating Temperature Stored -40°C to 85°C / -40°F to 185°F
    Waterproof Standard/rating IPX7
    Product Width 118 mm / 4.64 in
    Product Depth 36.5 mm / 1.43 in
    Product Height 115 mm / 4.52 in
    Product Weight 0.32 kg / 0.7 lb

    Power

    Power Consumption 2.2 W (maximum)
    Power Supply (Supply Voltage) NMEA 2000®
    NMEA 2000 Load Equivalency Number 4 network loads

    Other

    Other Features Display Viewing Angle: 170 degrees


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