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I find this rather disturbing and keeping about things that may go wrong.

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On the other hand I don't have a problem with autostart on my generator. Perhaps I am not as consistent as I think I am.

I certainly don't have a problem with my autopilot.

Automation aboard.

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Re: Automation

Maybe he really needs a motorboat.
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Re: Automation

If you are really against technology... then you are not allowed to use electricity, propane, gasoline or diesel.

If you are going to be a Luddite... then don't be a hypocrite.
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If you are really against technology... then you are not allowed to use electricity, propane, gasoline or diesel.

If you are going to be a Luddite... then don't be a hypocrite.
Maybe so, but is dumbing down the sailing experience really the way to go. Just like everything else people will not agree and that's fine.
Im a staunch believer in ABS air bags etc. and even assisted braking in automobiles but full autonomy I'm not on board. whats next here helm control maybe park assist Imagine the algorithms needed for current and wind management.

But hey if it sells boats then its OK, right. The Auto industry has developed systems just to put in cars for years to create demand and thats just capitalism.


BTW is that clip on the self tailers new, I don't think I've seen those before.

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Re: Automation

With this type of automated sheeting system in use, its easy to see how with a malfunction, you could at a moment's notice, be "Turnin Turtle"!
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Re: Automation

Why would you do the video in flat calm? Reminds me a YW test of jibe tamers in such calm weather they had to push the boom.

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Re: Automation

I got no problem with automation, but just like all the other automations I have (auto pilots, wind vanes, SSB, chartplotters, etc.), it's just more sh*t to go wrong, and it will go wrong, just as my other stuff has.

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With this type of automated sheeting system in use, its easy to see how with a malfunction, you could at a moment's notice, be "Turnin Turtle"!
Good point, if its blowing and you need to break quickly to maintain control how does this system do that and how fast, can it bring em back in quick enough to maintain any control at all. I think there is a very good reason these things are filmed in calm weather.
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Wow! I love it. That's right up there with bridge management teams and autopilots connected to the GPS, steering happily away and even altering course without any human intervention.
I can feel myself becoming more and more redundant by the second.
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I sailed about 1,000 nms on a 54 footer with a full remote electric winch system. It was about 15 years ago.
At both helms there was a backlit schematic of the boat and toggle switches where each winch, furler etc was. It was a Solent duel headsail rig. Tacking up a river in a race to use the forarrd genoa when ready to go about: unfurl the aft genoa, furl the forrard, tack, unfurl the forrard and furl the aft. The whole thing done with one hand on these buttons while steering with the other hand. Bloody funny stuff.
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