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[CA11] Replacing a Robertson AP3000 Auto pilot - bwmarks - 06-24-19 06:35 PM

My boat has a Robertson AP3000 auto pilot. It is failing quickly, and being 1994 issue, not worth fixing.

I've used E-200 autopilots and love them, is this an option for direct replacement or do I need the E-400?

I want a stand alone A/P so compatibility and talking between the Garmin MFD is no needed. or is direct talk with the Furuno Radar

The current hydraulic pump is a Robertson RPU 160 which is in great shape it's specs are 60 bar pressure, 12V 3-10A draw 10-33 cubic inch capacity and doesn't need to be replaced

Since the boat is used commercially, I'd also like a remote for the auto pilot - wireless is preferred.

The boat is a Robbins 40 deadrise, 435 hp, single inboard 15 GT (30,000 lbs) 40 x 14 x 3

Please let me know what system to get and I'll order it right away, hand steering daily on charters is not fun!

Brian Marks
Rivers Run Boat Tours

RE: [CA11] Replacing a Robertson AP3000 Auto pilot - Chuck - Raymarine - Moderator - 06-25-19 08:52 AM

Welcome to the Raymarine Forum Brian,

As you have suggested, the T70162 Evolution EV-400 Power would be recommended for a Robertson RPU 160 hydraulic drive.

Should you elect to one day interface the autopilot to the Garmin system, then it would be recommended that an Actisense NGW-1-ISO-STNG data bridge be used to interface the Evolution autopilot the Garmin chartplotting system. The NGW-1-ISO-STNG's NMEA 2000 cable will be plugged into a spur socket (white) within the backbone which will be interfacing the Evolution autopilot components to one another. The Actisense NGW-1-ISO NMEA 0183 to NMEA 2000 data bridge features a pair of NMEA 0183 input and output leads. The NMEA 0183 RXA and RXB leads of the Actisense NGW-1-ISO NMEA 0183 to NMEA 2000 data bridge will be interfaced to the NMEA 0183 OUT+ and NMEA 0183 OUT- terminals respectively of the Garmin charplotting system to permit the Evolution autopilot to receive navigational data associated with a Go To or Follow route command executed via the Garmin chartplotting system.