Product introduction

Installing Orca in your boat

Getting started with Orca


Tools and functionality


Autopilot Control

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

Orca supports mode and heading control of your autopilot from the Orca Display and the Orca Mobile Application.

To get started:

  1. Power on your autopilot

  2. Connect your Orca Display or Orca Mobile Application to your Orca Core

  3. Press Navigation at the bottom of the chart screen to bring up autopilot controls

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.

Autopilot controls in standby

To engage the autopilot into Auto mode, press and hold at the center of the Control Bar.

Engaged autopilot

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.

Change course with Autopilot

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.

How to select an autopilot mode

Supported autopilots

Orca is able to connect to autopilots via NMEA 2000 and SeatalkNG.

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 August 2022, the following autopilot brands and models are supported:

  • Simrad, B&G, and Lowrance via NMEA2000: NAC-1, NAC-2, and NAC-3

  • Simrad via SimNet: AR12 and TP22

  • Raymarine Evolution via SeatalkNG: EV-1 and EV-2

  • Seatalk/Seatalk1 Raymarine autopilots via a SeatalkNG adapter*

  • Garmin GHP and Reactor series

* Requires a Raymarine Seatalk to SeatalkNG converter kit with part number E22158.

Should you have questions about support for your specific autopilot, don't hesitate to reach out via hello@getorca.com.