Orca's Autopilot Control brings fully-featured and wireless autopilot control to your phone, tablet, and Orca Display.
At a glance
Take control of modern autopilots from the major autopilot manufacturers
Wireless controls offer full autopilot functionality from your phone, tablet, and Orca Display
Seamlessly integrates with your existing autopilot network without any setup or configuration
Controlling your autopilot
Autopilot control is a major new feature in Orca. It lets you control the mode and heading of your autopilot from the Orca Display and the Orca Mobile Application.
To get started:
Power on your autopilot
Connect your Orca Display or Orca Mobile Application to your Orca Core via WiFi
Press Navigation at the bottom of the chart screen
Orca automatically detects your autopilot status and shows the autopilot Control Bar at the bottom of the screen. In the image below, the autopilot is in standby mode.
To engage the autopilot into Auto mode, press and hold at the center of the Control Bar. The Control Bar will update to reflect this new mode as shown below.
The active Control Bar shows your target course and has three buttons:
The Mode Button is on the left side. Use it to change mode or engage the autopilot from standby into a specific mode.
The Center Area. Press and hold it to alter your target course.
The Disengage Button is on the right side. Press it to disengage the autopilot.
The Course Controls, as shown below, appear when you press and hold the Center Area. Use the course buttons to adjust your target course. These controls will disappear a few seconds after you stop interacting with them.
The Mode Controls, as shown below, appear when you press the Mode Button. Tap on a mode to activate it. Available modes depend on which autopilot you have and the capabilities it supports.
Orca is able to connect to autopilots via NMEA 2000 and SeatalkNG. The Orca Core must be physically connected to the autopilot's network to control it.
Once connected, Orca's Autopilot Control is seamlessly integrated into the autopilot network – and it will mirror the controls and status of your standalone autopilot display. Any interaction you make in Orca will be shown on your standalone display and vice versa.
As of December 2021, the following autopilot brands and models are supported:
Simrad, B&G, and Lowrance via NMEA2000 (NAC-1, NAC-2, and NAC-3)
Raymarine Evolution via SeatalkNG (EV-1 and EV-2)
Seatalk/Seatalk1 Raymarine autopilots via a SeatalkNG adapter*
* Requires a Raymarine Seatalk to SeatalkNG converter kit with part number E22158.
Orca does not fully replace the need for a standalone autopilot display, as Orca does not support commissioning or calibration of autopilots.
Should you have questions about support for your specific autopilot, don't hesitate to reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org.