Originally Posted by Alan Wheeler
BlueRap, good question. The issue is not about controlling the boat, it is about prediction. The pilot can not "see" what it is about to sail into.
In general, I understand this concept
pretty well. I used to run a 16' speedboat at 65 Mph all the time and became accustomed to managing course, speed and acceleration to time waves in oder to minimize smacking really hard.
I think this may be an issue with a light cruising cat like the Atlantic 57 but it wasn't an issue in a big heavy 58' full keeled mono hull
like my Tayana 58. She would plow through just about anything and while I could imagine steering by hand racing
in a hurricane
I don't think we would be sailing at that point. We'd would have been hove to.
In the cat, given less directional stability I can imagine wanting to hand steer in some situations but I think/hope we'd just put out a para anchor
before the AP wasn't able to steer a safe course.
Maybe a big light multi and a big heavy mono are going to behave very differently in regards to a AP?
Btw, I decided to wire and install a redundant AP on the second quadrant but will keep the AP tiller disconnected to eliminate wear and tear. I will probably completely disconnect the power to the ram and brain so that it "might" survive a lightning