I emailed the pelagic autopilot
and he refuses to release his source code. This is not good for sailors.
This makes pelagic comparable to a closed plotter like navionics
. I remember reading on the blog that the pelagic autopilot never sorted out compass
calibration while heeling... Basically, he has inferior algorithms like navionics
which uses more cpu and battery
power on android compared to opencpn.
So yes, it has rate gyros, he doesn't really use them very well, and the cost for this stuff is tiny compared to what he charges. The linear actuator might be a consideration though.
is free software
like opencpn. It is fully supported by opencpn, and is better supported than any autopilot. It has 2 specialized opencpn plugins designed for it.
You don't need to take my word for it.. For the cost of a raspberry pi, some $4 sensors, and a motor
controller you can build, or buy for $75, you could compare the performance driving your pelagic autopilot drive unit. Or just use a windshield wiper motor
and a belt to the wheel
, or if you have a tiller: