Originally Posted by Pelagic
I've seen way too many Raymarine
APs decide to take a flyer and head
off hard to port or starboard to trust them.
So far I've never had that problem with either the old Navico
that came with the boat or my new Simrad
But if it did, it wouldn't be that bad. I'd just unplug it and steer for a while until I found the problem. I mean I've had accidental tacks before sailing (on autopilot) to close to the wind
while working on or raising my outboard
Those are just things that can happen. Not a big problem.............and definitely not worth standing near the AP control ..."just in case" for the entire day.
I reef the main at the mast
while under autopilot
. Sometimes I stand holding the jib furler
on the bow under autopilot
on my last leg in having a beer
......etc. It's a nice place to relax on pretty days.
Why buy an autopilot then if you are going to be that concerned about it every second. (but) If that's your thing, it's your business. You're the Skipper
on your boat............