Raymarine Autopilot – Aircraft Technology for Easy Yachting

Raymarine Evolution Autopilot

Some product presented on the recent METS Dame Award in Amsterdam did not get a reward but have left a strong impression on the jury, winning the so called special mention.

One of such product is Raymarine Evolution Autopilot. This device was given a “special mention” for its innovation, ingenuity and functionality. It is one of four nominated products by Raymarine Company which continues its blistering pace of presenting excellent yachting gear devices. Raymarine Evolution Autopilot is equipped with mighty aircraft technology with the intelligent EV sensor core which allows the autopilot to automatically evolve and adapt to the steering characteristics of a specific vessel without any user adjustments. There is no need for complicated set up and calibration because once the Evolution is installed, getting started is as easy as switching on the device.

The intelligent Evolution autopilot system continuously perceives the environment instantly processing the data and developing steering commands in order to improve the performances. The results are improved precision and confidence of course keeping regardless of the vessel’s speed and sea conditions. The above mentioned intelligent EV sensor core is the 9-axis sensor that monitors vessel motion in all three dimensions, used in aircraft navigation technology as well.

Raymarine autopilot combines the solid-state sensors with Evolution autopilot processor into a single easy-to-install housing, sealed and built to meet the IPX6 and IPX7 waterproofing and submersion standards. The innovative EV sensor core improves the precision monitoring of heading, pitch, roll and yaw allowing the autopilot to evolve instantly according to the changes of sailing conditions.

The core can be mounted above or below the deck while the device uses auto compensation for on board magnetic fields and keeps reliable heading accuracy even in northern or southern extremes. It also provides reliable heading data for MARPA, radar overlay and heading modes on Raymarine multifunction displays.

The entire system consists, a part of the EV sensor core, of Autopilot Control Unit (ACU); and Autopilot Control Head (ACH). ACU delivers reliable autopilot drive and comes in several versions compatible to different steering types. ACH comes in two versions, the p70 and p70R, both featuring vibrant color displays and powered by Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse user interface.

I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!



Janko is a professional skipper in love with writing. Our most prolific blogger, he has sailed the Adriatic from the north to the south. With an incredibly broad array of interests, Janko is an expert in a variety of topics, all of which he delivers to our readers in a clear, imaginative and often humorous manner.

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