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AP48 Autopilot Controller

SKU: 000-13894-001

The AP48 Autopilot Controller has been engineered for ultimate clarity, responsiveness, and ease of use in all conditions. An optically bonded 4.1-inch colour display delivers clear visibility, while a large aluminium rotary control dial and dedicated ‘dodge keys’ enable quick and accurate heading adjustments.

Product details

Intuitive Autopilot Control
The AP48 combines the same intuitive interface of the compact AP44 with a larger rotary control dial, dedicated ‘dodge’ keys, and other extended keypad controls. The AP48’s rotary dial enables precise steering adjustments, while dodge keys enable instant heading changes in one-degree or ten-degree increments. Designed for optimal control in all conditions, the AP48’s large buttons are ideal for use with wet or gloved hands. To ensure all-weather visibility, an optically bonded display panel eliminates the possibility of condensation or fogging within the display. Transflective LCD technology makes use of reflected sunlight to brighten rather than obscure the screen, delivering superior daytime visibility and lower power consumption compared to traditional backlit displays.

Easy Access to Advanced Features
Your Simrad autopilot can do much more than keep you on course. The AP48 gives you easy access to a range of built-in turn patterns designed to assist with fishing, diving, or just making a quick and efficient U-turn. No Drift Steering counteracts the effects of wind and tide; making it easy to maintain a straight track over ground on your current heading, without having to manually set a waypoint or route. Depth Contour Tracking works to maintain a constant depth of water beneath your boat, and is an ideal tool for fishing ledges and drop-offs.

Low-Profile ‘Glass Helm’ Design
Designed to complement Simrad glass helm displays, instruments, and controllers, the AP48 features modern styling with a low flush-mount profile of just eight millimetres excluding the rotary dial. A smart layout maximises the size of the AP48’s display and controls, while keeping its overall footprint down to enable easy flush-mount installation almost anywhere. Alternatively, the controller can be bracket mounted to allow even more installation options.

Key Features

  • Intuitive autopilot interface with an extended keypad
  • Large, heavy-duty rotary control dial for precision steering
  • Optically bonded 4.1-inch colour display
  • Dedicated one-degree and ten-degree dodge keys
  • Automated turn patterns for fuel-efficient, hands-free manoeuvres
  • No Drift steering holds your course against wind and tide
  • Depth contour tracking makes it easy to fish ledges and drop-offs
  • Easy setup with auto tuning and calibration
  • Low-profile glass helm design

2 Year Warranty

IPX7 Waterproof

NMEA 2000

What's in the box?

  • N2K-T-RD Network T-Connector
  • N2KEXT-15RD 15ft Network Extension Cable
  • A2004/AP48 SUNCOVER


Backlight Color
Display Resolution
320 x 240, 4:3
Screen Brightness
600 nits
Viewing Angles
80° top/bottom, 80° left/right
Compass Safe
300MM (11,8")
Dimensions W x H x D
177 x 115 x 56mm (7 x 4,5 x 2,2")
Mounting Type
Flush, Bracket (optional)
0,51 kg (1,13 lbs)
Power Consumption max
Power Consumption typical
Supply Voltage
12V DC (10,8-15,6V DC)
Operating Temperature Range
-25° to +65ºC (-13°F to +149 ºF)
Storage Temperature Range
-40° to +85ºC (-40°F to +185 ºF)
NMEA 2000 Connectivity
1 X NMEA2000 Micro-C port 5 LEN
Compasssensor support
NMEA 2000
Engine Drive systems integration
Volvo EVC, Yamaha, Optimus(Seastar)
Manouevres Turn Patterns
C-turn, U-turn, Spiral, Zigzag, Square, S-turn, Depth countertracking, Tack, Gybe
Steering Modes
Heading, No drift, Waypoint Steering(NAV), Wind, Power Steer(NFU, FU)
Approvals Compliance
CE 60945
Keypad and rotary dial
English(US), English(UK), Danish, German, Spanish, French, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian, Swedish, Afrikaans, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian
Warranty Period
2 years