Autopilot

Operate your autopilot remotely with the easy to use app, even when lying on deck. Hold course, make course corrections and follow a route.


Hardware

You can connect your existing tiller from a brand like Raymarine and the AyeAye® will feed it a maximum of 20 amps. In case you have a hydraulic set-up, you can use this as well with some minor modifications. If needed, you can even connect a rudder sensor for an optimal autopilot experience.


Maintain current heading

Maintain the current heading of your boat. You can choose between a GPS course, a magnetic compass course or you can use your anemometer (wind speed and direction) if you have one. You can even finetune your autopilot’s behaviour and force it is applying to your tiller or hydraulic motor. This can be very handy if you have a very light or very heavy boat or if you are out boating on a very calm or very rough sea. By adjusting the different gain settings of the configuration, you can also save power if needed.


Follow route

If you’re going on a longer trip and need to plot a more complex route, you can draw a route on the map and the autopilot will follow it. You can even cross-check your route with the weather routing plugin and send that route to the autopilot. Furthermore, if you travel the same exact route regularly you can save this route, so the next time the autopilot will do the job for you.

Use case 1: Backup autopilot

Longer crossings, or even ocean crossings, rarely do without the use of an autopilot. When there is a crew of two or more on board, shifts are usually taken in turns. If the autopilot suddenly fails and it is necessary to steer manually again, this will of course have a major impact on the length and intensity of the shifts. If the autopilot cannot be repaired and this condition lasts for days or even weeks, it can affect the morale of the crew, but also the safety of the boat due to the extra effort and reduced energy of the crew members.

An autopilot can break down unexpectedly after years of use. In this case, moisture has usually reached critical parts, often the display is the first to fail. But what to do when the autopilot fails? If you are travelling alone and suddenly have to steer your boat manually, you have little time to carry out complicated repairs. But even with a larger crew, the expertise or spare part needed for a repair is not always available. A plug & play device that can be called upon in an emergency is then ideal. The AyeAye® boat computer is this all-in-one system that can be quickly and easily installed to help in such a situation.

How does it work? The AyeAye® is an all-in-one maritime boat computer that brings all essential sensors and equipment into a redundant system that is not dependent on any other system. However, it still is extendible with other instruments that may already be on board for even more integration capabilities.


Use case 2: Remote course corrections with the app

Dependent on boat type or rigging setup, every boat trip can be a unique experience. Some boats are ideal for smooth solo sailing and some are a little more demanding and are not so easy to steer alone. Some riggings require sails to be hoisted from the mast, some are accessible closer to the helm. Long story short, some situations require you to leave the helm. If you cannot fix your rudder in a static position, your boat may quickly drift off course.

That’s where an autopilot comes in. When you engage it, it will hold the current course. Depending on the model you can follow a magnetic course, GPS course, follow an anemometer or even follow routes.

With running autopilot, you are more flexible and can walk around on deck. However, when using traditional autopilots you still have to go back to the helm to make course corrections. By using the AyeAye® all-in-one maritime boat computer, you will feed your existing autopilot directly from our system. Controlling it is easy with the AyeAye® app that works on any smart device like your phone, tablet or laptop. Starting or shutting off the autopilot, making course corrections or plotting a new route is now possible from wherever you stand on your boat.

Future: AI routing

We are working on adding additional intelligence to the autopilot. In the event of an impending collision with an object received via the AIS, shallow waters or land, the AyeAye® boat computer could then, for example, be able to send a warning to the app suggesting an alternative route. When you acknowledge this, a new course is automatically set and the autopilot will follow it.


Future: Tiller hardware production

Our current autopilot solution is especially relevant for boats that are already equipped with a tiller. In order to offer an even more complete product we are planning to produce a tiller of our own.

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