Raymarine Evolution™ autopilot certified for SeaStar Solutions Optimus systems

Award-winning autopilots for breakthrough propulsion systems

October 2013
Raymarine is pleased to announce that it’s all-new Evolution EV-2 drive-by-wire autopilot system has been certified for use with SeaStar Solutions’ new Optimus EPS and Optimus 360 electronics steering systems.  Optimus EPS systems provide effortless electronic power steering for outboard powerboats, while Optimus 360 systems add easy 360-degree maneuvering capabilities using an intuitive joystick controller.  Both systems use state-of-the-art CAN bus networking for exceptional steer-by-wire control.

The new Evolution EV-2 autopilot system delivers a superior autopilot experience with razor-sharp course keeping and simple operation.  Evolution’s innovative EV-2 sensor core connects directly to the Optimus CAN bus network for simple, reliable integration.  No extra complicated gateways or convertors are required for installation.  Easy to install, the Evolution autopilot uses a simple Dockside Wizard and ultra-fast Automagic™ calibration to setup and go in seconds.  It truly is that simple. 

The magic of Evolution lies in the 9-axis EV sensor core and its very sophisticated Evolution Ai™ algorithms for course control and guidance.  The EV sensor core contains both an attitude heading reference system as well as the autopilot course logic system.  This smart packaging of components reduces the size of the traditional autopilot core pack to an ultra-compact 5-inch disc that can be mounted just about anywhere above or below-decks.

"SeaStar Solutions’ Optimus EPS and Optimus 360 truly integrates the electronic and mechanical systems onboard a boat," said Tom Douglass, Vice-President Global Sales & Marketing. "With Optimus and Raymarine's new Evolution autopilot, it's easier than ever to add the benefits of autopilot navigation."

Ian Matt, Senior Global Product Manager for Raymarine, said, ”Raymarine’s Evolution EV-2 is a great solution for drive-by-wire systems. Not only do SeaStar’s Optimus customers get great autopilot performance from the EV-2, they now have the added advantage of controlling that autopilot direct from their Raymarine multifunction display.”
Raymarine’s new Evolution autopilot is now a double award winner, recently receiving both the 2013 NMEA-BWI Technology award and the IBEX Innovation Award for electronics.

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FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.


About Raymarine:

Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors.

The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Headquartered in Fareham UK, Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine please go to www.raymarine.com.

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