Automatic Autopilot

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Automatic Autopilot

Redmond of Marine Electronics Destin, Florida, some pre-assembly Betty Jane’s

Hand-steering my Grand Banks Betty Jane hundreds of down the seaboard some back qualifies for a appreciation of Certainly, the was physically considering the pain spinning all day But there mental stuff, Try referencing chart book while simultaneously tabs on plotter, bird-dogging road ahead, steering a course and if you lose a or two.

experience is great teacher. is why long after and I home to I resolved add an specifically one Simrad, which then developing new model was hearing things about. a gratifying arose: Simrad provide me a new pilot if pay for installation—including any necessary to Betty ’s cable-type steering with NMEA technology—and write story covering only the but also unit’s long-term

When the arrived, I noted that were just few basic the control the RC42 fluxgate compass, AC42 Course the drive (more about later), the rudder-feedback device, an assembly cables and What I understand, however, that laying and securing componentry is not the challenge for Often, the biggie is everything to with a steering system.

To recap, ’s steering is a sprocket-and-chain arrangement moves her via long, cables. After it out, Redmond of Marine Electronics Destin, Florida, the best to translate signals from new ‘pilot mechanical rudder was to an extra on the shaft inside ’s upper console (the one is cramped) and install a (and expensive) Lewmar electric with a of its directly beneath, two sprockets joined by loop of steel roller

Other approaches work, explained Betty ’s quadrant was incompatible with sort of linear-drive that had shipped. because her system is hydraulic, it also be to tee a ram a hydraulic a method said was and cheapest all.

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I the installation securing a marine-ply mounting for the motor inside flying bridge with screws 3M 5200. then removed steering shaft the same and took to a shop to the sprocket. I assembled motor and else into cowling-covered, workable This part the project a grueling hours and roughly $1,470, figure that labor (since did most the work and the motor, which have cost had Simrad come across a second-hand

Redmond’s part the project faster and, $1,750, was expensive. Once finished with mechanicals, he to Betty install and the control rate-technology-enhanced fluxgate, Computer, and device, completing project in over half day. Such was partially to the way Simrad’s Line connectors pre-measured cables together, a time and saver. But reason was bag of tricks: for he used pocket compass quickly find relatively deviation-free for mounting AP28’s fluxgate.

My performance began dockside. before I up Betty engine for actual sea Redmond and had programmed displacement characteristics some other parameters into control head. also successfully maximum rudder and tested feedback device. whole deal 30 minutes.

major time trouble-saver announced once we open water: new auto-tune Instead of to spend tweaking individual steering parameters we used have to, simply let Course Computer command and her through series of registering and said parameters route. Amazingly, portion of sea trial involved the tune, vetted of the navigation features, interfaced the with my GPSMAP 3206 took a over a a day, run time my marina back. “An autopilot,” I upon realizing my new was virtually trialing itself.

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