Garmin adds new Compact Reactor to its GHP autopilot series

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation has launched the GHP Compact Reactor™ Hydraulic Autopilot, the newest addition to its GHP autopilot series. Ideal for single engine outboard boats under 30 feet, the GHP Compact Reactor greatly minimises heading error, course deviation, rudder movement, and power consumption while providing a comfortable ride for all onboard. With three different configurations available, it’s a flexible solution that allows boaters to choose the features they need and how much they want to spend.

“We’re excited to make our award-winning autopilot series available to an even broader audience now with the introduction of the Compact Reactor,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales. “This solution is more affordable for smaller boats, and allows them to benefit from the performance, ease-of-use and safety features offered by Garmin autopilots.”  

GHP Compact Reactor
The GHP Compact Reactor is based on the same advanced solid-state 9-axis AHRS technology as the other autopilots in the Reactor series. The Compact series is offered in three configurations, all with a 1-litre pump, so users can select the configuration that best fits their needs. The Compact Reactor Starter Pack includes the core autopilot components needed to install and use alongside a compatible chartplotter, such as a new NMEA 2000 capable echoMAP™ CHIRP chartplotter combo series and many more. Another configuration is available with a GHC™ 20 Autopilot Control Unit, and the third option adds both the GHC 20 and the Garmin-patented Shadow Drive™. Shadow Drive allows the user to disengage the autopilot with a turn of the helm, allowing complete control of the vessel for any quick manoeuvring or safety procedures.

Fully integrated with current Garmin electronics, the Reactor Series can be controlled from a compatible chartplotter. With full autopilot capabilities from the screen of the chartplotter, the system can be easily controlled. In addition, the autopilot can be engaged to follow patented Garmin’s Auto Guidance technology1 (requires BlueChart® g2 Vision®). This allows users to enter a destination and the chartplotter searches the relevant charts to create a path based off of the dimensions and parameters of the vessel. For even more flexibility while onboard, the Compact Reactor can be controlled from anywhere on the boat with an optional GHC wireless remote.

The GHP Compact Reactor series is expected to be available in Q1 of 2016, and will range in price from £1,149.99 inc VAT. For more information, visit


1 Auto Guidance is for planning purposes only and does not replace safe navigation operations.


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