Our autopilot was made by Simrad
so we naturally began calling him Simbad after the sailor of the same name. Our autopilot control is mounted on the forward cowl of the cockpit
which is great when the weather
is poor as we can steer from under the dodger
When our kids
were small and still sailed with us, I would often ask our younger son, Brad, to make adjustments to our course. Such as, "Brad, give me ten degrees to port." This would enable me to steer from my lounging position with out much bodily movement.
Then the boys got older and got summer jobs and I found that I had to move my entire body to make changes in our course so I decided to look into a remote
control unit. I looked at Simrad
but they were selling theirs for two hundred fifty dollars and that was too steep for an item that my wife says that I should not have at all.
A bit of wiring
and about four dollars of parts
Shack and I made a simple remote
that is plugged into a water
at the back of the cockpit
where I lounge. It works great and we named it SimBrad.