... unparalleled steering quality for everyone. It meets your need for an autopilot available in all sea and wind conditions. The GyroPilot 3 is bringing 30 years’ experience of steering sailboats. Through ...
Autopilot for large powerboats with hydraulic steering EV-400 POWER OVERVIEW The EV-400 Power Pilot is the perfect solution for large powerboats with hydraulic steering. The EV-400 Power Pilot kit includes the ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
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 ...
... The autopilot displays the current magnetic heading and will not apply any steering control. GPS MODE: The digital display shows the current magnetic heading. The autopilot does not apply any steering ...
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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.
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.
- Frees helm crew in many situations
- Steers accurately
- Consumes significant power
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