Learn about NAVpilot

Self-learning and adaptive software

From the first dock-side setup through the last voyage you made, NAVpilot continues to learn your vessel's steering characteristics. This allows dynamic adjustments to the boat's steering for vessel speed, trim, draft, tide and wind effects, weather, etc. These characteristics are stored in the processor's memory where they are continuously optimized to make the NAVpilot more versatile.

Auto mode

NAVpilot consistently maintains the desired heading, but the vessel may drift off course due to the effects of tide and wind.


Advanced mode

NAVpilot consistently maintains the desired heading while compensating for the effects of tide and wind.


NAV mode / Route tracking

NAVpilot steers the vessel towards the current waypoint while compensating for the effects of tide and wind.


When connected to a GPS Navigator, NAVpilot steers the vessel to follow a series of waypoints in succession. Upon arriving at each waypoint or destination, audible and visual alerts are activated.


Wind mode*

NAVpilot consistently maintains the desired heading toward true or apparent wind direction while compensating for the effects of tide and wind. * This mode is available for sailing craft only. Wind data input is required.



FishHunter is a unique feature of FURUNO’s NAVpilot series. Find a fish target with your FURUNO sonar/sounder or bird target with your FURUNO radar and feed it to the NAVpilot. The NAVpilot will activate the FishHunter to perform square, zigzag, circle, orbit, spiral or figure eight maneuvers around the specified target at a user selected distance. This feature can also be used for Man Overboard (MOB).

  • Square


  • Zigzag


  • Orbit


  • Figure8


  • Spiral


SAFE HELM and POWER ASSIST features provide Efficient and Effective Helm Steering Control

FPS FURUNO Power-assist Steering

The optional SAFE HELM and POWER ASSIST features* provide a unique interface to the vessel's hydraulic hand steering system, providing unrivaled comfort and control of the vessel's steering directly from any manual helm on the vessel. These two modes greatly reduce steering effort and enhance the safety of your vessel's autopilot.
* Required Options - HRP11 or HRP17 Pump and FPS8 Power Steering Module


The SAFE HELM temporarily switches the NAVpilot to manual steering for a specified time interval, taking it out of an automatic steering mode (AUTO, NAV, etc.) After the time interval has elapsed, SAFE HELM is deactivated and the previous automatic steering mode is restored.


The POWER ASSIST incorporates the SAFE HELM concept and provides speed-based, power assisted steering, which greatly reduces manual helm effort in maneuvering situations. POWER ASSIST is a unique helm-activated assisted steering feature that can augment and possibly replace separate electric and power-robbing, engine-driven power steering systems on many vessels. POWER ASSIST reduces steering system complexity and costs while increasing economy.

Display modes for NAVpilot-700 / 711C

Various display options to customize data to suit your own preferences using a variety of digital and analogue graphics.
The new NAVpilot-711C features a color day/night graphic display, giving you much better sunlight viewability during the day, while not affecting your night vision when the sun goes down.

Display modes for NAVpilot-700

Rudder Angle

User Customizable Display

Display modes for NAVpilot-711C