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Old 01-01-2011, 07:59   #16
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My autopilot is named Carlo; had a friend who would steer all night in all weathers while I slept below. All he needed was a gallon of Carlo Rossi wine next to him in the cockpit and at first light I would go topside and the bottle would be empty and the boat would be on course,friend would then turn in and I had the day shift. Of course only did this in open waters with courses plotted beforehand and had a steel boat at the time.
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... had a friend who would steer all night in all weathers while I slept below. All he needed was a gallon of Carlo Rossi wine...
Does anyone know the conversion ratio; litres of wine to amp-hours?
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:36   #18
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DAVE (GOBOATINGNOW).

I sense a strong fellow feeling there. It's quite true though; owners pay peanuts to a delivery skipper to undertake a voyage that, for any number of reasons, they don't want to do. They also lie about the condition of their boats!

Happy new year everyone.
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This is the unit I just purchased, it has and will work well for any delivery captain. For under $2000 you could mount it on just about any boat in a very short time. Check out their site
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I was noting in that autopilot survey that of the Raymarine owners 49 of 63 said their autopilot was very reliable but only 30 of 63 said it worked well in rough seas. That doesn't make sense to me.
50kts of wind and 5 foot of freeboard - Raymarine didn't respond quick enough to keep the nose in the wind. I don't consider that a negative against the product.

(Now, if it would monitor the wind speed and adjust response performance based on wind speed.........nope, not going to ask for such!!! )
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