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Vic's autopilot

Postby RussMT » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:20 pm

Okay..

So with the site down I've had time to think of what would happen if this site didn't come back.

1) BOAT's awesome AP mod documentation would be gone. He's such a troll, it could be lost forever as he doesn't seem to be visible anywhere else.

2) What's the status of Vic's autopilot? I've held off in hopes of this happening. I still have hope. However, time is running out and if I go one more season without an AP I may do BOAT's.

Victor, what's happening with this? Do you need help?
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Neo » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:09 pm

Would love to know too :)
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Starscream » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:53 pm

Neo wrote:Would love to know too :)


X-3

No AP in the budget for 2018, but I'll fight for a spot in line if it becomes available...that's what credit is for.
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby vkmaynard » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:25 am

Lots of life changes including my partner who now has 4 kids.

He did send me a production main board to test 2 months previous. However my boat trailer is being replaced so can not test.

I use mine on every trip still works great.

Sorry about the exstream delay.

Victor
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Don T » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:23 pm

Hi Victor,
Yeah, I'm still patiently waiting. Life got in my way too + age related problems with the trailer. I am hoping everything works out for an extended sail up into Canada, Desolation Sound maybe.

If only my stars will align...
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby sailboatmike » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:28 pm

Im looking at the Arduino boards, some have made very nice and relatively inexpensive autopilots with them, some good videos on YouTube for those interested in having a look
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Harrison » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:08 pm

sailboatmike wrote:Im looking at the Arduino boards, some have made very nice and relatively inexpensive autopilots with them, some good videos on YouTube for those interested in having a look


I'm working on one now. I have hopes of completion this spring/summer.

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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Neo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:14 pm

Wow Harrison,

Do you have a site/forum where you're sharing your idea's?

All the best.
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby RussMT » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:38 pm

YouTube Arduino vids are interesting. What do you use to connect to steering?
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Neo » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:55 pm

RussMT wrote:YouTube Arduino vids are interesting.

Will check them out.

RussMT wrote:What do you use to connect to steering?

Not much (nothing) at the moment :D
I'd like to use an actuator as I'm told a wheel motor (Raymarine's) is very noisy. But I also have a dual cable (1 rudder, 1 OB) steering box which makes it hard for an actuator (on the rudder cable) to push/pull the OB, but I can disconnect the OB cable if need be.
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby sailboatmike » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:42 am

You could use something as simple as a motor with friction material on the shaft, click it up to engage and down to disengage and not have the drag of clutches like on the Sport Pilot when its disengaged, still brainstorming the whole idea at the moment, but no reason it couldnt be hooked up to a GPS as well.

Raymarine etc. have been ripping the marine industry off for years with "cash cow" technology (Technology that has paid for its research cost and setup costs 1000's of times over), I mean a GPS for your car is $75 yet one for your boat is $750, same technology, my Sport Pilot is 20 plus years old and they still use the same basic technology today and charge you $2500 for the privilege, manufacture cost is only a few hundred $$$ at most, electronics is dirt cheap and while the manufacturers of most products have passed on the HUGE price drop in electronics it seems the marine industry are not and have not been willing to do it but rather just reap in HUGE profits on each unit they sell
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Neo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:11 am

Mike could you draw/post up a picture that idea with the motor? ... I really need to study up on the mechanical side of this.
GPS is great but I'd really like to see a Bearing (compass or GPS) Lock and a Wind Lock too. Locking into the wind would be a god send for this solo sailor :)
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Neo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:19 am

RussMT wrote:YouTube Arduino vids are interesting.

Ok I've checked out some vids....35 years ago I was an electronics engineer!! .... but now I feel I'm kinda out of my depths!! .... If you come across anyone that makes a complete (or just a controller) kit please let me know? ... I'd happily build one from some assembly instructions.

Many thanks.
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby sailboatmike » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:19 pm

Gee mate, I have never been a electronics engineer, these days its all pretty simple, I recommend you have a look at some of the videos on projects made with the Arduino or Raspberry Pi controllers, its so simple this is what they are using to teach kids in primary schools.

I think its great, its bringing the ability to build electronics to the masses with most of the hard work done, you just buy the module you need and add it on and being open source there are no secrets in the programming language
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Re: Vic's autopilot

Postby Ixneigh » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 am

The M already sails pretty well and has no vices on any point of sail in conditions for which the boat is intended. I'm surprised no one has figured out a sail based self steering system.
I never had much luck with them on my heavy keel boats which had difficulties on certain points of sail. Or horrible weather helm. But maybe ill have another look on the Mac
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