Operation autopilot has started!

It’s all systems go onboard Nocturne today! The latest project to get her ready for our cruising adventure is a new super high-tech autopilot! I’m very excited about it because it means I will be able to concentrate on other things when we’re making a long passage. At the moment I’m stuck supervising the humans to make sure they don’t steer off course. The old autopilot that we had fixed was sea-trialled this weekend and we are all very happy that it will now be an excellent backup.

Why are you getting a new high-tech autopilot then? I hear you cry! Well our old autopilot is designed for boats anywhere up to 8 tonnes, my sturdy Nocturne is closer to 13, so our new Evolution autopilot which is designed to handle boats up to 20 tonnes will be much more capable of holding a heading in rough weather.

Noccy looks a little messy at the moment because we’ve taken the shaft out ready to install the Evolution auto-pilot.

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It’s all very exciting! I’m really looking forward to seeing it all finished and testing it out!

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Bisous Bailey

Comments

  1. My 29 foot sailboat had a tiller….and someone always had to be hanging onto it, day or night. I don’t even know if you can put autopilot on a tiller. BUT, it would have been nice to have. 🙂 Actually, you don’t need autopilot. You have the ever-vigilant Bailey!

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  2. I look forward to hearing the results too bailey. Get out of port and hang ’em high!

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  3. digitalgranny says:

    This is very exciting news.

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  4. nanythelm says:

    Good to know you’re overlooking the work and improvements to your lovely Nocturne. Keep up the good work, Tuppney xxx

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  5. It’s good to know that you are supervising. I am sure your pawrents are happy for your help. It’s sounds like the new Autopilot will really work good when you are out to sea in rough weather. Our Mom sez you and your pawrents have the most awesome life. It must be so much fun to go sailing. Our Mom would also love to visit Nice someday. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

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  6. I’m curious too, Bailey. Can’t wait for the results. Pawkiss 🙂

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  7. Bailey, you are such an industrious kitty! But then, I imagine that is a requirement for a boat cat!

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  8. great news – should give you a bit of a break

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  9. I have always heard that BOAT stands for” Break Out Another Thousand” Your human is so handy that is saves you money on caring for your Nocturne.

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  10. That sure is exciting!!

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  11. So glad you have the peeps under control and getting busy on your Nocturne…we await the end product keenly Bailey have a great and productive day sweet man Hugs Fozziemum xx

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  12. We hope the installation goes well!

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  13. Excellent new Bailey. With your new auto pilot your world travels will be much easier. Can’t wait to see it if you ever come to Australia.
    Purrs
    Sam

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  14. This is so interesting! The head peep sailed a Morgan 27 years ago, but has no experience with autopilot, so the installation process is fascinating.

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  15. Glad you are there to keep an eye on the installation, Bailey.

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  16. Sounds really exciting!!

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  17. Really handy that the old one is still good enough to be a backup.
    Presumably not a vane system. Electronically powered?

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  18. Nice work guys! One step closer to the cruising dream!

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