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How Marine Autopilot Works?

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Autopilot is a combination of electric or electronic navigation tools that steer a vessel without constant hands-on operation. Autopilot allows short-handed or one-handed sailors and boaters to leave the helm to trim or rig sails, adjust lines, set anchor, eat without interruption, nap or other activities while not at the helm.

 

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Autopilot works much like a vehicle's cruise control, except that it doesn't require manual control of the tiller or steering wheel: After the boat has stabilized on the desired course for a few seconds, press the "auto" button and the autopilot takes over. Computer Heading is remembered and rudder position is adjusted to keep the boat on the selected course, even in strong winds, currents or over/understeer conditions.

 

 

An autopilot typically consists of three main components: the course computer (also known as the central processing unit) that contains the compass, the drive unit that applies force to move the rudder, and the control unit.

 

 

Different Types of Marine Autopilot Systems

 

 

Depending on the length, displacement and type of steering, the autopilot is available in a variety of arrangements, both above-deck and below-deck. An older type, the vane, diverts wind energy from vertical air paddles to trim tabs or water paddles affixed to the rudder. The wind vanes are mostly gone, replaced by modern autopilots.

 

 

Marine cables made by Premier Cable are ideal for extreme weather and harsh environmental conditions. And they are built to last and deliver under extreme conditions.

 

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