Features April 2014 Issue

Rotary-Drive Autopilot for Worm Gear Steering

Part one: Selection, installation, and initial offshore sea trials.

Autopilots are one piece of electronics gear that truly has something to offer every sailor—from gunkholer to bluewater cruiser. Having this extra crewmember onboard not only eases the burden of shorthanded sailing, but also helps prevent helm fatigue. An autopilot allows solo sailors to use the head, more easily raise sails, or grab a bite to eat. Crewmembers can enjoy a passage, passing the time reading a book or watching the scenery without being a slave to the helm.

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