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boat auto steering system

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daveinoz

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Could anyone point me to either circuit designs or books I could research to help me build a auto steering system for my boat (motor not sail)
 

MikeMl

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Are you going to use GPS steering?
What do you need help with, the actuator for the autopilot, the servo, sensing the heading?
 

daveinoz

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I have a GPS plotter to get position and course info wanted to build a system to run an linear actuator with reference pot to turn steering so need heading sensor etc
 

Boncuk

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With GPS it should also be possible to hold true ground track. Constant heading might take you somewhere.

Also motor boat's true ground track is a result of heading and drift angle (caused by wind and water movement)

If you use heading you'll have to decide weather to use magnetic heading (referenced to magnetic north) or true heading (referenced to geographical north).

I've not been in flying business quite a while, but the magnetic variation is considerably high in the USA. There is about 34deg west variation in California.

If you use a GPS system as it is used for small type aircraft the course displayed is always a great circle course (the shortest connection between two geographical points) and the autopilot will always steer into the needle.

Using a military type autopilot you'll hit a target of DINA-4 size.

Boncuk
 

MikeMl

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I have a GPS plotter to get position and course info wanted to build a system to run an linear actuator with reference pot to turn steering so need heading sensor etc
If you need a heading sensor or not depends on the update rate of your GPS.

Sounds like µcontroller which starts by parsing NEMA0183 sentences out of the GPS. There are many commercial versions of such a system.

What do you have for a steering actuator?

How good are you with programming µcontrollers?
 

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