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Simrad NAC-3 Autopilot Computer

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Simrad NAC-3 Autopilot Computer


The NAC-3 Autopilot Computer is recommended for boats above 35' in length. It is rated for high-current output of up to 30A continuous and 50A peak, plus a clutch output. This is suitable to operate high-current drive pumps including the Simrad RPU160 and RPU300, mechanical drives such as the Simrad DD15, hydraulic linear drives such as the HLD2000 series, and solenoid valves. It contains the electronics needed to operate a hydraulic steering pump or mechanical drive unit, while also interfacing with other components including heading sensors and rudder feedback units.


Key Features

Reliable autopilot performance based on Simrad Continuum steering technology

Recommended for boats above 35' in length

Clutch output (3 amps maximum)

Compatible with high-current drive pumps, mechanical drives, hydraulic linear drives, and solenoid valves

Virtual rudder feedback for simplified installation aboard outboard and sterndrive (inboard/outboard) boats

Supports Simrad RF25 and RF300 rudder feedback units

NMEA 2000 connectivity to heading sensors, rudder feedbacks, dedicated autopilot controllers, and multi-function displays with NMEA 0183

Simrad Continuum steering technology: Every Simrad steering innovation builds upon a legacy encompassing over sixty years of autopilot development, which continues today at Simrad Yachting’s autopilot research hub in Norway. This legacy is exemplified by the Continuum algorithm: the software that drives Simrad steering technology. Continuum brings all those years of research and on-water experience to your helm, for a smart pilot you can trust to take the wheel.

Virtual Rudder Feedback: Simrad Virtual Rudder Feedback (VRF) technology eliminates the need to install a separate rudder feedback unit aboard outboard and sterndrive boats. This reduces overall autopilot system cost and complexity, and is ideal where a feedback unit is impractical due to mechanical constraints.

Rudder Feedback Units: Rudder feedback units are sensors that connect to your rudder via a mechanical linkage and continuously report actual rudder position to your autopilot computer – allowing the Simrad Continuum steering algorithm to make the best-informed steering decisions possible. These sensors are typically used on boats with inboard engines, on larger vessels, and in special applications where Virtual Rudder Feedback may not be suitable.

Easy Installation: Industry-standard NMEA 2000 networking and NMEA 0183 input allow simple connectivity to heading sensors, rudder feedback units, autopilot controllers, and multifunction displays located anywhere onboard.


Boat Length: Over 35'

Configurability: All Settings

Max. Drive Current: 30-50A

Fuse: 30A

Power Consumption: 140mA @ 12V (1.7W) + drive unit load (p to 750W)

Clutch Output: 12/24V DC: 10mA-3A

Solenoid Support: Yes

Compatible with Simrad Series 80 Remotes: Yes

Compatible with Passive Remotes: Yes 

Voltage: 12/24V 

NMEA Interface: NMEA 2000 (NAC-3 also includes NMEA 0183 input/output) 

Dimensions: 8 1/16"W x 8 3/16"H x 2 1/4"D

Waterproof Rating: IPX5 

Warranty: Two years

What's in the Box

NAC-3 Autopilot Computer

4 x Fixing screws

Micro-C Drop cable (male) - 0.6 m

Micro-C T-Joiner

7 x Connectors

30 Amp fuse

Warranty card & literature pack



Simrad NAC-3 Autopilot Computer


NAC-3 Autopilot Computer



Best Use

Hydraulic Steering
Below Deck

Connection Interface

NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000

Drive Type

Sold Separately

Maximum Boat Displacement

30000+ Depending on Drive Type
Suitable for Vessels Above 10 Meters/35 Feet in Length



Warranty Details

Two Years IPX7 Waterproofing



Simrad NAC-3 Autopilot Computer

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