Sailboat autopilots

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sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
Evolution

... and robust - the Evolution autopilot combines Raymarine's autopilot expertise, FLIR Systems' R&D, and advanced aerospace guidance technology to create Evolution Ai control algorithms that deliver a new ...

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Raymarine
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
NAVPILOT711

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FURUNO FRANCE S.A.
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
NAC-2

... drives and mechanical drives for vessels up to 10 meters (33 feet) in length. NAC-2 Autopilot Computer The NAC-2 Autopilot Computer is the brains behind your autopilot system. NAC-2 contains ...

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B & G
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
TP22

... Optimisation Low power draw ensures your battery will last longer, even if you use the autopilot for prolonged periods. Silent Sailing The TP range of autopilots have been designed with minimal noise ...

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Simrad Yachting
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
90-60-130

... A single model for racing and cruising. Maintenance of heading under any weather condition. The nke Gyropilot processor has proven its efficiency during many cross ocean races. With highly accurate data processing and reliability, this ...

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nke Marine Electronics
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
CM95

The NEW CM95 intelligent autopilot system is suitable for both power and sailing vessels 6m to 40m. The simplified auto set up of the CM95 marine autopilot allows for quick and easy operation of all ...

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Coursemaster Autopilots
sailboat autopilot
sailboat autopilot
#230100

The Autopilot Computer positions the rudder and eventually activates available thrusters, so as to achieve the desired heading, track or wind angle of the boat. It makes use of an already installed Autopilot ...

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sailboat-autopilot

A sailboat autopilot is an electric or hydraulic device which holds the vessel on course in place of a person at the helm.

Applications

These devices are particularly useful when single-handing or sailing with a small crew, especially on long voyages. They also reduce strain on the crew while motoring in the absence of wind, when steering is more a chore than a pleasure.

Technologies

When used with quadrant gear, the autopilot usually consists of a calculator, a helm angle sensor, a gyrocompass, an electro-hydraulic pump and piston and a control panel. Some also have a remote control.

For tiller steering, a simple motorized piston incorporates almost all these elements. Only a control screen and a gyrocompass sensor need be added. Some models for sailboats with medium-sized wheels use a belt attached directly to the wheel hub.

Linked to a dedicated wind vane, an autopilot can adjust point of sailing, steering as a function of the boat/wind angle. When connected to an on-board computer or the NMEA control panel, it can communicate with the rest of the vessel's instruments. Since these devices consume at least 10 amperes, there must be a reliable method of recharging the boat's batteries.

How to choose

Choice will depend on vessel size, displacement and maximum speed, which help determine the autopilot's required power. Steering type and mechanism (tiller, wheel, hydraulic, cable, etc.) will also influence selection.

Advantages

- Frees helm crew in many situations
- Steers accurately

Disadvantages

- Consumes significant power