We use a Simrad
with the Simrad
Computer, using SimNet to connect to our Garmin
network via N2K. It works great - in the last 5 years we've covered almost 40,000 miles and it's steered 99% of the way. We primarily use the NAV function, where we create a route
on our chart plotter and then instruct the autopilot to steer to that route
. No problems whatsoever with that.
But one of the other features of the autopilot that we use from time to time is the Steer to Wind
function and that has suddenly quit working. When we instruct the autopilot to Steer to the Wind
, a dialog box appears on its screen
that says: Missing Wind Data. Where could it be? The nav data is getting through, there are no toggles to turn on or off certain types of data and if one type of data (nav) is getting through, why would the system discriminate against another type? It all has to come across the N2K network and the wind data shows everywhere else on the network.
I know, I know, it's a sailboat and all of these electronics
are frivolous and detract from the art of real sailing. Regardless, it's a feature that we'd like to have working and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Fair winds and calm seas.