Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., 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.
“The GHP 12 is the evolution of the reputable GHP 10 autopilot system, building off of what users love, and introducing key benefits sailors have requested,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “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. When interfaced with Garmin’s GWS™ 10 or other compatible wind sensor, GPS and network electronics, the GHP 12 can support workload-saving features such as heading hold, wind hold, step turns, tack/jibe, MFD route following and more. In addition, this new system features sailing-specific software and employs the industry-standard NMEA 2000 interface, ensuring ease of installation and network access to autopilot heading data.
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