I don't have a problem with automation, as long as one can manage with a redundant manual system, if it fails.
I agree with you. I don't see any sign of redundancy in the controls. If the control panel fails you're grinding. Which is okay, because I'm mostly grinding anyway.
Now, about that auto-start generator. What do you use for auto-start? Was always told those are problematic.
Mine works fine. It's all Mastervolt so everything talks to everything on a CANBUS. Everything is optional, but sometimes it is handy to have the battery monitor tell the generator that the battery bank is down to some level (I use 45%) and run until back up to another configurable level (80% for me). There are lots of auto-start applications in the world -- I think Mastervolt looked well outside the recreational marine market for lessons learned. They have since sold off their generator business so I'm not sure what you can get these days.
I don't run the system regularly. I've used it sitting out hurricanes and leaving the boat for land tours. I've also used it at the dock when the power goes out during winter storms.
Hell you can still find people who trash roller furling headsails and bow thrusters, but a helluva lot of sailors use them.
I don't think much of bow thrusters at all, but that's just me. And most hydrodynamists.
It ain't like the damn thing senses proper sail trim and make adjustments.
That was my first reaction. It made me think of dynamic positioning systems on ships. The technology for autotrim would be easier. It's implementing it at a price point that recreational boaters, including those at the top of the market.
I do the technology interesting, most of it is in use already, just the position of the controls has been moved to a central control panel. I have seen electric winches and furlers kitted out on boats, nothing new there.
Agreed, although most electric and hydraulic systems have individual IN and OUT buttons (pretty robust) instead of a computer control.
The last thing I would want on board is something that, while under great pressure, begins moving under its own power unannounced.
Consider elevators. Escalators. Water treatment systems.
I do worry about the shear weight of all the warning labels.