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Autohelms with remote control

So, it's occured to me that a remote control for the autopilot would be a pretty handy thing to have if one was singlehanding. I've seen remotes for trolling motors that are built into watches. That would be ideal. But what is available for autopilots?
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They are handy to have even with crew aboard.

Basically, they come in two types: wired and wireless. Most are wired, but one or two manufacturers are beginning to offer wireless remotes.

Their capabilities depend on your autopilot, but all have basic directional controls.

Nifty to have.

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nand held autopilot control

We had our autopilot control go out on a trip to the caribbean. without the remote it would have been hand steering for 10 days.---get one.

we also now have a second control head mounted at the nav station.
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I have a wireless remote for the Raymarine autopilot on my boat....works great and makes single handing much simpler.
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i installed the raymarine below deck auto with a wireless remote. The absolute best addition. I used it a lot on the ICW and carib.
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My biggest problem the first couple of times using the remote, was just like the remote for the T.V., I some times would put it down and walk away forgetting where I put it! Not a good thing! Especially when you are locked in. That's why they come with a tether. Now it's always tethered to me.

We love ours, and we too have a Raymarine. Our model also is a repeater. I can get Boat Speed, COG, ETA, DTW, etc..... from anywhere on the boat. Its a great tool.

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I mounted the remote holder high on the wall just inside the hatch so I could always reach in from the cockpit and grab it or put it back. "Driving" by pushing the button 1 degree at a time or hitting the 10 degree button a couple times is GREAT!
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Thanks for all the info. It will give me something to ponder.
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