Originally Posted by DeepFrz
Adequate. Hmmm, sounds like a NA CEO talking, like my products are adequate...
I have been following the voyage of Nereida and she has had autopilot
problems for almost the whole way for more than 1 1/2 circumnavigations. That is after an autopilot
failure put her first Nereida on a Mexican beach. Would that be adequate?
These are not non stop circumnavigations by the way and almost all of her autopilot systems have been replaced at least once. She now has 2 systems installed and is still having problems. I wont mention the brand but you can find out yourself pretty easily.
OK, I did a bit of looking around her website and I got a different impression of her problems. They did not seem to be specific to the AP or brand of AP - her boat appears to be a mess of corroded wiring
and other electrical
gremlins. Constantly, she is discovering bad connections, loss of power, dropped power under loads, corroded terminals, broken wires, etc.
I think it is very premature to blame the equipment
for many of her electronics
failures. It is quite possible that those electronics
are being stressed beyond reason.
She also seems to experience almost continuous fuel
problems and other mechanical problems that seem related to maintenance/age issues of her vessel.
I am by no means dissing her or her accomplishments - just putting a more reasonable evaluation on some of her electronics failures.
BTW, so others don't have to guess, her AP equipment
S3G course computer with Raymarine
T3 hydraulic linear drive
and ST60 control head