|Nothing in marine electronics creates more fear and trepidation than the subject of autopilots. Although they can be one of the most complicated systems to install on a boat, they are fairly easy to understand. Autopilots do not steer boats, they steer the boat’s steering system. Understanding this simple concept makes identifying the proper autopilot configuration a little bit easier. Before we start to spec out a system, let’s take a quick look at the components that make up an autopilot.