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PA3 Autopilot Controller with Heavy Duty Electronics for Type 1, 2, and 3 Below Deck Systems - In stock, ships in 3 - 5 business days.

PA3 Autopilot Controller with Heavy Duty Electronics for Type 1, 2, and 3 Below Deck Systems - In stock, ships in 3 - 5 business days.

Regular price $1,295.00 Sale

An autopilot controller for types 1, 2, or 3 below deck or wheel attached steering systems.

Upgrade or replace your existing below deck or tiller autopilot system with our state of the art 9-axis gyro controller, increasing accuracy and dependability.

Our autopilot controller uses data from the unit's internal roll, pitch, and yaw gyros to monitor and predict boat movement in any sea state, whether surfing downwind, or beating against the trades. Its internal compass works as long as it maintains a 12 volt power source and is completely independent of any other system on your vessel.

The control head can be mounted in 4 different orientations; stern facing (the most popular and shown in the above photo), bow facing, port facing or starboard facing. This is the direction that the buttons on the control panel face. To simplify installation, we preset this at the factory but you can easily change this once onboard without having to recalibrate the system. When placing your order, specify your preferred orientation.

The black drive box is designed for higher amperage systems and includes temperature sensing, status lights and heatsink.  

For those wishing to sail the highest course or maintain sheeting angles despite compass headings, the Pelagic System can incorporate your NMEA 0183 apparent wind data. NMEA 2K wind data can be accessed using a gateway.

The Pelagic system is trusted by offshore sailors around the world, install one on your boat today for better performance and safety at sea.

What's  included:

  • Autopilot control head with internal compass/gyros and front panel controls
  • Heavy duty motor drive electronics unit to drive your existing 12 volt rudder mechanism
  • 20' IP68 data cable for connecting the control head and motor drive units
  • Output for clutch control
  • Input for rudder sensors 


  • Wireless remote control (see accessories)
    • Adds support for course changes of 10° and 25°
  • Canvas cover for Control unit (see accessories) 

  • Adaptive algorithm’s adjust power level to conditions.
  • Data from nine MEMS sensors monitor the  vessels attitude and is used to adjust course and to compensate for roll, pitch, and yaw.
  • Flexible drive electronics allows operation with existing wheel, below deck hydraulics, and tiller drive installations.
  • NMEA 0183  can be monitored to enable wind direction steering. Add a NMEA 2K converter for tracking 2K bus data.
  • Drive large motors/pumps (type 1, 2, 3) or linear actuators, up to 25 amp.
  • A simple user interface is implemented in a watertight control head.
  • Support for 2°, 10°, 25° and 95° course adjustments.
    • 10° and 25° adjustments require use of optional wireless remote
  • Dimmable LEDs indicate system status 
  • Low voltage indicator
  • Implemented in two enclosures; IP67 rated control unit and a motor drive box enclosure.
  • Optional wireless remote.

 Pelagic Warranty: One year