Simrad Yachting introduces color instrument with supporting autopilot control

Simrad Yachting describes its newly introduced Simrad IS40 instrument and OP10 autopilot control range as a next-generation instrument and autopilot solution.

Simrad says the IS40, designed for power boaters and sailors alike, is a single, fully customizable, “do-it-all” display that offers quick access to wind, depth, speed, and autopilot information. The optional OP10 Autopilot Controller connects to the IS40 and provides full autopilot integration.

Simrad says the IS40 is easy to install as a stand-alone instrument or as part of an integrated system, and is designed to deliver low-power, high-quality, easy-to-use navigational capabilities.

Featuring a durable design, the IS40 has a 4.1-inch, quarter-VGA, sunlight-viewable, LED-backlit display with 320 x 240-pixel resolution for clear and easy viewing, Simrad says. The instrument’s bonded-glass construction ensures zero condensation and excellent visibility in all weather and lighting conditions — even at extreme viewing angles, the company says.

The color instrument display features a simple-to-navigate menu structure, is controlled by three easy-access “up,” “down,” and “enter” buttons, and a dedicated “page” key for quick data selection. The IS40 also can be linked with an autopilot, allowing boaters to easily switch from manual steering to auto, Simrad says. Its Micro-C backbone offers dual male/female connectors that support both daisy chain and “T” connection .

The optional Simrad OP10 Pilot Controller interfaces with the IS40 to offer boaters convenient remote access of pilot-steering functions. Featuring large clear keys, straightforward operation and backlighting for night use, the pilot control’s interface employs single-mode toggle and includes a prominent “off” key for returning the pilot to standby, Simrad says.

The controller is connected through a single Micro-C connection on the back of the device and sports a unique clip mount for easy installation. It is compatible with the Simrad AP24 and AP28, and it can be networked with the NSS, NSE or NSO multifunction display for remote autopilot operation. When integrated with a Simrad Yachting navigational system, pilot information and control can be accessed and operated from either solution. The OP10 also supports autopilot control for Volvo IPS drives.

 “The Simrad IS40 and OP10 push the boundaries of design innovation to improve the on-the-water experience,” said Louis Chemi, COO of Navico Americas, Simrad’s parent company, in a Simrad press release. “Whether boaters travel by wind or motor, the new Simrad Yachting instrument and autopilot controller offer unparalleled monitoring, operation and seamless system integration that work in tandem with our best-in-class chartplotters.”

Supporting both Micro-C and Simnet backbones, the Simrad IS40 interfaces with Simrad Yachting and B&G wind, speed, depth and heading sensors, as well as data sources from other manufacturers. Measuring 4.6-inches (118 mm) in width and height by .65-inches (16 mm) in depth, the IS40 requires .75-inches (20 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane. Designed for 12V DC environments, the IS40 draws between 50 and 150mA of power.

The OP10 Pilot Controller measures 2.3-inches (60 mm) wide by 4.5-inches (115 mm) high by .65-inches (16 mm) deep, requires .55-inches (14 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane, and draws only 50mA of power.

The Simrad IS40 Display and Pilot Controller both operate within a temperature range of +5 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 to +55 degrees Celsius), are waterproof to the IPX7 standard, and are both protected by a two-year parts and labor warranty.

The new Simrad IS40 instrument and optional OP10 remote have suggested retail prices of U.S. $599 and $299, respectively and will be available in October 2012 from authorized Simrad Yachting dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada.