Garmin today announced the GHP 12 sailboat autopilot system – bringing robust performance and sophisticated control capabilities to 20- to 70-foot sailboats equipped with linear-actuated steering systems. “By adding two linear drive options and updated sailing-specific software, the GHP 12 will bring Garmin’s leading autopilot technology to the sailboat market, and will address the needs of our loyal sailing customers.”
Designed for sailboats with linear-actuated steering systems, the GHP 12 is a below-deck autopilot system that acts as a second set of hands aboard your vessel. This new system is available with two linear drive options: the Class A Drive unit for sailboats with up to 28,500 pounds of displacement, or the Class B Drive Unit for larger sailboats with up to 79,000 pounds of displacement, and is designed primarily for sailboats 20- to 70-feet. For optimal performance, the GHP 12 features a built-in gyro that maintains precise turn response and control stability. In addition, the integrated rudder feedback ensures ease of installation and exceptional reliability. And the GHP 12 offers minimal power consumption to conserve onboard power systems.
Sailors can expect Garmin simplicity when it comes to configuring and controlling their autopilot as well. With a 3.5-inch full-color display, the GHC™ 10 is a dedicated autopilot control unit designed to engage and disengage the GHP 12 autopilot. Three GHC 10 controllers can be interfaced to a single GHP 12, allowing autopilot functionality at a remote location on the boat. If I was into sailing, I would want it. To all the sailors out there, what do you think about this, would you let Garmin drive your boat?