Octopus offers a selection of Autopilot Drive Systems that are engineered to deliver unparalleled performance and years of reliable service on a wide range of vessels.
Whatever your auto-steering needs, from fishing boats and sailboats to yachts of all sizes and commercial vessels, Octopus has the right drive for you.
Unparalleled Performance, Reliability, and Durability!
We have been designing, manufacturing and marketing Autopilot Drives for over 20 years. We hold patents on several unique devices that enhance drive performance, and supply drives to most of the Marine Industry’s leading Autopilot manufactures for resale within their autopilot packages.
At Sound Sailing Center, we like to research and select the best products for our customers. This is certainly one of the reasons we are often the largest East Coast dealer for Hanse Yachts. Furthermore, with a sister product development company (Dutchman) we are familiar with the challenges facing companies in the Marine Industry.
For sailboat installations, flexibility is the key, which is one of the primary reasons we selected an Octopus Drive. The many options seemed overfill at first, but by making a simple mockup of the drive (using an old caulking cartridge and a outer tube) and trying out different installation configurations, we quickly were able to select the best drive, which saved a considerable amount of installation time.
We will be using your drives on all future installations.
Although not exactly plug and play, installing the autopilot was not a difficult job. A bit of research and planning were required. Choosing locations for the components and configuring a strong enough mounting arrangement for the drive unit required the most effort.
The Octopus drive was not only less expensive than the proprietary unit, but more importantly provided utility and convenience with its longer travel and remotely mounted pump.
Seamless integration with our existing instrument system was a major benefit, as the autopilot can now do about everything a human helmsman can do, except keep a lookout.
I heard about Octopus Drives through an internet search. I started to research your unit and was very impressed. The pdf files online were easy to understand and I could picture myself installing your unit. Every dealer talks about how hard it is to install an autopilot system and shame on me for believing them.
The Octopus Type B connection kit was a breeze, I had that installed within 45 minutes, it could not have been easier.
Overall the unit has been great, my wife and I recently fished some difficult seas with 2 ft. waves coming from the north and 4 ft. rollers from the SW left over from the night before. The autopilot kept me on a straight line, better than I could have.
The whole time Kim and I were busy at the back with no worries on getting back to the helm. Your autopilot saved my marriage!