Nautamatic Marine introduces a Verado-specific autopilot. Its original TR-1 autopilot featured Mercury's proprietary Shadow Drive, which allows the helmsman complete control whether the auto-pilot is engaged or not. In addition, the TR-1 eliminated the Achilles' heel of every autopilot system: the rudder-feedback unit.
The TR-1V features a pump specially designed for the Verado's high-pressure steering system, as well as a special check-valve assembly to eliminate pressure buildup on the back side of the helm valves. The object was to make the TR-1V as simple, and as "factory," for the Verado as possible. The TR-1V - like the TR-1 - has been approved by Mercury and will not void the Verado warranty. As long as a certified Nautamatic installer mounts the unit, it carries its own two-year warranty. MSRP for the TR-1V is $4,275. Nautamatic, 800-588-7655, www.nautamatic.com.