Simrad, owned by Navico – the world’s largest marine electronics company – announced this week that its professional-grade autopilot system, the Simrad AP80, received “Best Autopilot” in this year’s National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Product Awards. Continuing a long-standing tradition as an industry favorite, the honor represents the 43rd NMEA distinction for Simrad branded autopilot systems.
“We are honored to receive this award and recognition from our valued dealers,” said Louis Chemi, COO, Navico Americas. “We have worked hard to be the best partner with our customers and deliver best-in-class technology that provides reliable solutions with real benefits for boaters. This award is a testament to both.”
An autopilot solution for both power and sailing vessels, the Simrad AP80 system builds upon the company’s legacy of state-of-the-art, high-performance autopilots, which offers the most feature-packed and reliable solution on the market. International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliant and adaptive to wind and wave conditions, the system provides complete heading and course control for a wide range of vessels. The Simrad AP80 features adaptive software and a dynamic position interface that offers user-selectable auto and navigation modes including six independent work-profile settings to quickly enable the autopilot to operate with slow speed, maneuvering, net hauling and helicopter pick up to name a few. The AP80 also provides turn-pattern options, features piracy-evasion functionality; and has a dedicated alarm reset, as well as uniquely shaped port and starboard keys for easy finger-touch identification.
gCaptain has not had an opportunity to test the AP80 but we are very much familiar with Simrad products and consider them the best choice for professional mariners working aboard boats. gCaptain has tested other products from Simrad including their 3g Broadband Radar which received top marks from gCaptain editors.