Hey Chuck, Auto Pilot....... Hmmmm.. why the heck did I wait so long ???? The best money I've spent on my boat. I had the HDS 12 by Lowrance, Gen 2, and when Lowrance came out with a hydraulic system that matches my system I did a bunch of homework. For $1000 I could have the autopilot drive the boat inside the Lowrance software, gps and insight map????? Darned right I'm spending the money. BUT... I had the same steering system it appears you have. Power assisted cable. HMMMM..... So... I installed a hydraulic steering cylinder on my Kicker and never attached it to my main outdrive. It steers the boat beautifully. Point is... get a unit that works with your GPS and map system. It really makes it easy. Good luck.