Garmin undoubtedly makes some of the best autopilots on the market. We are commonly asked if a Garmin autopilot can be made to work with a legacy pump already installed on the boat from an older pilot. The answer is generally yes! Any normal Type I, II, or III pump can be retrofitted to work with a Garmin autopilot. The existing rudder reference unit can often be used as well. This makes an upgrade to new Garmin autopilot technology a breeze.
What do you need? You will first need the Garmin Reactor 40 Mechanical Retrofit Solenoid autopilot kit. You can find it here. This kit gives you a 4"x4" display that can be a direct drop-in replacement for most other autopilot controllers. You als