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ALPHA MARINE SYSTEMS IS CELEBRATING OUR 45th ANNIVERSARY

Founded in 1972 by sailors who knew there had to be a better way. Alpha Marine Systems was founded in Palo Alto California, home of Hewlett Packard, Varian Associates and other high tech companies. 

The company's products were tested and refined on that windy, challenging  patch of water, San Francisco Bay as well as worlds longest open ocean passage, San Francisco to Hawaii. 

 We have continued our commitment to respond to the needs of our customers and continually improve the products and service we offer. 

Thank you to our many loyal customers who have  given us the inspiration to endlessly strive to offer the best products and service in the industry.

Baron Dickey - President

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  MODEL 3000     GENERATION 10     UPGRADE  

Over the years technology changes and our upgrade program is a very cost effective way of keeping your system in step with the latest that technology has to offer.

Over 4000 Upgrades and counting!

Over 4000 customers have taken advantage of this terrific way to keep their Autopilot current. 

Because of its popularity we will continue upgrading existing 3000 control units to the BRAND NEW GENERATION 10 configuration for only $895.00.

Please contact the service Department for details.

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PDF 3000 Manuals now available

email your requests to service@alphamarinesystems.com

 

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Introducing the PHASE IV compass

Alpha Marine as the world leader in producing high accuracy flux gate compasses for commercial as well as military applications is proud to introduce our PHASE IV autopilot compass.

The PHASE IV compass builds upon the servo technology proven in our Spectra and 3000 systems that has allowed vessels to go virtually everywhere there are navigable waters, even to very high magnetic latitudes where most compasses fail to offer acceptable performance. The PHASE IV compasses also offer our unique "Hydro-Stasis" damping which obviates the need for subsequent signal processing to remove the errors produced by vessel roll and pitch and provide the ultra fast response necessary to accurately maintain heading even in down wind conditions.

PHASE IV compasses are available as retrofit for both our 3000 and Spectra pilots at a cost of $795.00 and are now standard equipment on all new pilots.

The PHASE IV compasses include a two year warranty

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Alpha Marine Systems wishes to congratulate Jim Quanci  not only on his FIRST PLACE finish in class but FIRST PLACE OVER ALL the 2012 Single Handed Transpac race. 

Jim was using the Alpha Spectra autopilot on his vintage Cal 40 to achieve this outstanding performance.

Congratulations Jim on your outstanding accomplishment.

 

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Virtual Rudder Position 

 While not having to install a sensor at the rudder makes an autopilot easier and less expensive to install, recent research has shown that there is no substitute for an actual rudder position sensor. If there are no asymmetric rudder loads, the vessel is equally easy to steer both to port and to starboard, the rudder position can be modeled in the control processor. 

However, if there is any asymmetry such as weather helm the processor is no longer able to accurately model the position and autopilot performance degrades rapidly. 

All of our current pilot models feature a close coupled position sensor which allows the tightest most accurate steering possible.

All of our Ball Screw linear Drives have the sensor built into the drive itself making the installation much easier, since there are no extra sensors to install, and ensuring the very best heading control.

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RoHS and WEEE

Because of how our products are built and installed the autopilots built by Alpha Marine Systems Inc. are exempt from the requirements of RoHS and WEEE. 

As good stewards of the environment we do offer to  provide for the disposal and  treatment or recovery of any equipment of our manufacture that is returned to us, freight prepaid, for disposal.

MIL SPEC COMPONENTS 

To achieve the very high reliability that Alpha Marine autopilots are known for we use the very highest quality parts that are available. This includes parts the meet military specifications. 

For more information email  service@alphamarinesystems.com

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