Recently on a 40 day cruise
(I was crew) we experienced the following
Brand new 3 month old boat with a complete suite of B&G electronics
. Without any warning the AP would simply disengage and the
would become completely free. The auto pilot was a new Jaffa Servo
Type with a cluth. The multi purpose display would error message
communication" or something similar I don't remember exactly
And the clutch
would completely disengage and the rudder
Free wheeling until there was human intervention.
This made for some very interesting nighttime terror.
We were able to get the auto pilot back by resetting the system with a power
Shutdown or by deleting all previous waypoints and the very next one
The course computer was replaced once during the trip
The owners solution was to have a crew member
always at the helm
With a hand on the wheel
ready to take over if the AP failed
With 1500nm to go this got a bit trying and led to crew fatigue.
The owner didn't want to address the issue until we got to our destination
3 weeks away. We were in marinas
more or less every night but the owner didn't
Want to spend a dime bringing in any techs
Brand new boat, everything under warranty
How should this been felt with?