Simrad NSE Autopilot, hand’s on #1

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, though this MFD AP feature runs over NMEA 2000 (aka, in this case, SimNet) it’s probably not the sort of thing that will ever be interoperable between manufacturers, for obvious reasons. On the other hand, this AP setup seems to have no trouble with other manufacturer’s heading sensors, and probably wind sensors (I may pretend Gizmo is a sailboat to check the AP’s steer to wind, tack, and gype features).

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Ben we have much if not all the Simrad line on our sailboat, NSe-8, AP 24 & 28 heads with AP….does upgrading this new software version add anthing to the funtion/s of the AP vs the AP 28 now at the helm?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Jeffrey, I don’t have the AP28 and NSE side by side, but there may well be bits of the NSE AP function that you’d find useful, like maybe the compass around your boat icon indicating what the AP is doing, or the page that clearly spells out all the AP’s setup settings. To my knowlege there’s no downside, or cost, to the 2.0 upgrade, and numerous enhancements besides the AP function.

  4. Mark Corke says:

    Not exactly related to the post here but I see that you have a shot of a Lord Nelson Tug at the top of your page. Always liked those boats.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Mark, That’s the Sally W which has been laying near me in Camden a lot this summer, where she improves the view 😉

  6. Anonymous says:

    I work this way as well.
    Short press auto/stb in main screen pops up the compass in a the main screen of every DAK puts the unit in AP stb mode.
    X removes the AP compass popup while the AP stay’s in auto mode.
    Short press auto/stb shuts down the AP
    Long press auto/stb keeps the AP active and you can use the rotary to make adjustments when in Auto mode.
    I only miss my AP rotary button close to the helm and throttle

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