Nice fish and a good story. I'm glad you mentioned using the AP as a mate while you fished solo.
Just a note on the AP I had. We all talk about how the boat wanders at slow speeds. When I came in single-handed I would engage the AP to hold a course line while I got the boat ready for docking. The first time I did this the AP surprised me in that the boat had no wander even when I moved around the boat. I found that the AP puts in very little counter-steer compared to the size of the corrections I would put in. At times it was hard to see the engines move, I could hear the pump running, but the engines showed only very minor changes in direction.
I find that below about 5mph the AP doesn’t work very well. It makes big corrections and just doesn’t track right.
Mike - What AP do you have and it is networked into your NMEA? The reason I ask is there is usually a HI/LOW setting and the threshold is usually right around 5kts. Below that speed, the AP switches to a "Hi Response" mode which means it makes faster and larger corrections. At higher speeds it usually goes into "Low Response" so it doesn't over steer and throw you from the boat.
The AP will usually pick up the speed from the GPS if networked. If not, there is usually a way to set it manually. For SIMRAD it's a fast double click on the AUTO button.
Its a garmin and yes its connected to the NMEA network and uses the GPS for speed. It does OK at slow speeds. Im hesitant to use it in a tight channel because sometimes it makes big corrections, but if i have some space its pretty good.
Post by abouttime2fish on Dec 23, 2018 15:39:05 GMT -5
I’ve got a Simrad unit and no knowledge of garmin. But, at least on mine, you can go into the settings and select the speed it switches high to low speed, and adjust settings like how often it makes a correction and how much of a correction it makes. Just something to play with. Also realize the settings that work great on a calm no wind day may not be able to hold course when it gets a bit rougher.
rjkuenning: Hello, My name is Bob and I am purchasing a new 2021 245DC. I boat in the Cleawater Florida area.
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fishnfool: Hi Bob, welcome and congrats. Posting up top in the forums will get more visibility. I lived in Seminole as a kid when my dad was stationed at MacDill. Good memories of pier and beach fishing.
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finatic: One more to hit 700, who we could of thought.
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sja: Have 27 2018 CC with windless. Any know anchor line size and length?
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stoshki: Took delivery today of a 2020 245 DC. Named her, "Diamond Lil". If anyone knows how far to space the bunks (3" x 10" x 12') on a boat lift, please share. Good boating to all!
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theo: Does anyone know where I can get sailfish part numbers for a 2009 2360 WAC? I need them to order parts from Llebroc
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