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Skipper Germany Magazine May 2016

The “S” & Remote Drive systems have been highlighted in the May 2016 issue of Skipper Deutschland (Germany) Magazine. The article goes into detail on the Lowrance , Garmin and TMQ pilots set up with Octopus Autopilot Drives.

 

Every year, more than 60 students from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada come together to design and build a fully autonomous sailboat, a SailBot. But this year, the SailBot team is taking it a step further and building a... read more

John Mitchell is in high spirits. The affable president of Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd has just concluded a long day of meetings with one of the company’s European subsidiaries, yet he’s as fresh and energetic as if he just rolled out... read more

Over the last five years the RS Drive System has been in service on hundreds of yachts, and has proven itself to be another highly reliable product from Octopus Autopilot Drives.  Based on this experience the push-pull steering cable has also... read more

A complete autopilot system consists of a number of components:

  • The Autopilot Course Computer provides the “intelligence” of the Autopilot System.  It monitors inputs from sensors, provides feedback to the user, and provides... read more

Sailboats Steering Systems
Fall into 3 main categories:

- Tiller Steering: Simplest type of steering; very few parts involved

- Hydraulic Steering: Same principal as for power boats with the... read more

Powerboats have 2 main types of steering system - hydraulic and mechanical.  Both of these systems can be either manual or power assisted.  The most popular mechanical systems are based on push-pull cables with either a rotary style helm unit or... read more