|Constance's brain, the Type 300 Course Computer from 1997|
|Constance and her twin - who didn't want to work for us either|
|This is what it said in the manual but we just couldn't get to this function, no matter what..|
|The new brain - no longer a course computer, now a Actuator Control Unit|
|The new control instrument - in full colour and displaying all sorts of extra information|
Following the installation we've had a couple of days of sea trials with the new kit and are delighted that the expenditure has actually delivered a much-improved autopilot rather than just replicating the performance of the old Constance. The new solid-state, 9-axis compass and movement sensor delivers a much smoother and more accurate result and the autopilot 'learns' the characteristics of the boat so should get even better over time. We are very glad to have put this episode behind us but are pleased that we managed to fix it all before we were on passage to Vanuatu.
So, now we're looking at the weather in great detail. Lots of boats departed today on the first weather window that has presented itself in about 3 weeks. However, it looks as though they will experience a lot of calm conditions and motoring so we are happy not to be with them, there being no guarantees of friendly tankers en route to Vanuatu.
|Lots of white space means no wind|