By Capt. Bill Pike A perfect interface between old and new. Thanks to her Simrad AP28, my 21-year-old Betty steers a straight, hands-free course. Installing the mechanicals (motor, sprocket, etc.) was the toughest part of the job. The rudder-feedback device (left) is actuated via a rod from the rudder post. The author inputs a route on the Garmin chartplotter for Betty Jane’s new AP28 autopilot. Check out the time- and labor-saving Slim Line connectors. Simrad hard at work, navigating a route. One of the autopilot’s easy-reading setup screens The installation of the RC42 rate-technology-enhanced fluxgate compass required that Redmond find a relatively deviation-free zone onboard the Betty Jane. Redmond searches for a sensible spot to mount the Simrad Course Computer.