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What in the heck is going on with this company? The S-1 tillerpilot and S-1 wheelpilot are less than ONE year out on the market! Now they've got a better idea?
The rate "gyro" or accelerometer is a good idea. BF and I saw an outfit offering one, which they were erroneously calling a gyro-pilot, at StrictlySail-Chicago. Neither are gyro compasses.
I'd take the "learning" or "adaptability" capabilities with a large grain of salt. I've been listening to such claims for almost 20 years, on units of much larger size and capability, designed for ships, and inevitably the manually entered settings for rudder rate and gain have proven far and awy superior to the "automatic" or adaptive mode. Most, in that mode, end up over-steering significantly or, in a blow, get blown right off course before they can "adapt". Even in conditions where the sea conditions become progressively worse, the adaptability aspect was questionable. And normal usage does not usually allow for that build up of data anyway. You normally change course and then put her on the "iron mike". Each time the adaptive system has to reconfigure.
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