Originally Posted by boat_alexandra
What are you doing? I am interested.
What do you need opencpn for, and why an autopilot
on a kayak?
I recommend using pypilot again, because it's already integrated and targeted for opencpn use. arduboat is mostly for remote control and very small boats in lakes, so understandably you fall somewhere between these two. If we had more details it would help.
I am building an autopilot for (small) motor
boats and I will extend to sailboats in the future. Arduboat takes care of waypoint navigation
as helmsman (or totally in case of power failure), while Raspberry Pi performs obstacle detection and avoidance using a camera
for nearby obstacles and route
planning using AIS
, coastal charts
, tide and weather
data. Now, for route
planning I was checking out OpenCPN, and in any case, it is also useful to have the route displayed on a screen
To perform testing I use a kayak equipped with a small trolling motor
and a linear actuator for automatic steering