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Re: Remote helm
...Over 25 years ago, I learned a very valuable lesson from an incident that could have easily ended my budding career in the delivery trade. Namely, autopilots can wig out at any time, and appear to have a greater likelihood to do so in close proximity to other vessels, or large structures such as bridges...
It's the remote compass getting thrown off by the steel in bridge or other boat.
One time I was organizing a storage area where the magnetic sensor is mounted. The person at the helm yelled that the AP was going haywire. It turned out that I put some wrenches to close to the AP's remote compass.
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Last edited by Bene505; 08-27-2013 at 09:22 AM.