The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

Nine Autopilot Usage Tips and Hacks

So far we have taken a look at the two main types of autopilot: super-smart and ultra-configurable, but complex to get working right and silly-expensive; and the rest.

And then we dived even deeper with a two-part guide to tuning autopilots while offshore to make them steer better.

So now let’s end this—if you are not ready, I sure am—with some usage tips and hacks that I wish I had known when I started using autopilots (and vane gears) some 40 years ago.