Originally Posted by Conall63
I just got back from taking my two college aged kids and some of their friends to Key West ( the amount of partying they did can be subject to another post ), so I had some time to get to get introduced to my auto pilot. It was a 300 mile round that put about 50 hours on the engine.
I had some conversation with Garmin, and once I figured out how to access the dealer set up mode, it was a matter of adjusting things like rudder gain and a few other parameters to get the boat feeling good as the auto pilot does it's thing. It was a little sporty on the way down and back, with 3-5' on the beam ( wind's been blowing out of the east for a month down hear ), so I got to play with settings for those conditions, as well as some flatter seas (we hugged the coast on part of our trip home to get out of the beam seas).
I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I'm, going to say it anyway... I can't believe I've survived all these years without an AP. The AP is my new favorite thing in this world.
Thanks for all your input forum.
Glad you took the steps to get maximum use out of yours too. That is learn all the adjustments and then practice and get familiar with how they can impact it. Today's AP's have amazing flexibility for various conditions but many owners just haven't learned all those capabilities.