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    Modern autopilots.
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2011 Feb 16, 10:12 -0500
    Kermit wrote:
    As regards new generation of equipment onboard, maybe some of you on NavList have some experiences of this kind to share with us. Jeremy ? other NavList Members ?
    A majority of US flagged tonnage is quite old.  All of the ships around me, including this one, are from the 1980's (with one from the 1970's), and most companies will not buy upgrades unless the old one can't be fixed or required by regulation.
    My Autopilot is circa 1985 technology.  It is the same Sperry steering system that was used on the Exxon Valdez.  I sadly cannot comment on the new technology.  Still, it maintains course quite well as long as we have sufficient speed and the sea isn't too crazy.  Of course depending on the individual class of ship, YMMV with each kind of Autopilot.
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