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Volvo/Garmin autopilot question [Riviera 43]

Old 11-19-2017, 10:46 PM
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I’ve recently taken delivery of a new 43’ Flybridge including Volvo/Garmin “Glass bridge” screens/electronics package (including volvo/garmin autopilot arrangement)

My question relates to autopilot usability.

This new system does not have a separate autopilot pad (such as I have had in previous vessels) instead I have to use the on-screen controls (or GRID panel) to interact with the autopilot functions.

I was told the old school autopilot panel was not an option with this setup.

Say I have autopilot engaged with 200* heading offshore… I can easily change heading +/- 1* increments at a touch of a button (either on the glass screen or through the Garmin GRID panel). Makes sense so far.

Now I can alternately change direction 10* to port or stb by PRESSING THE SAME BUTTON 3+ SECONDS.

However this is extremely inconvenient vs a traditional autopilot panel with dedicated 1* and 10* turn buttons….

I do a lot of offshore hunting for tuna/marlin etc, and often have to double back or change direction when we see surface action not far from the boat; with my previous setups I would immediately change direction 30-40* by pressing the dedicated/tactile autopilot 10* button 3-4 times (bang, bang, bang) taking about 2 seconds and I don't even have to look at it. Then repeat as needed. Easy.

However using this new Volvo/Garmin system I have to press the +10* button (for 3 seconds) 3 or 4 times.. which not only takes too long it also requires me to take my eye off what is going on with the spread. The end result is I just disengage the autopilot steer around manually and re-engage the autopilot. This defeats the point of the system IMHO…

I want a way to emulate the old school autopilot +/- 10* button (single push) using the new Garmin stuff, does anyone know how I might achieve this?

Those of you who do a lot of fishing offshore for tuna/marlin know how important efficient autopilot operation is (as you will interact with it perhaps hundreds of times a day)—why they designed it this way is beyond my understanding.

I have tried asking the local reps but no response as yet.

thanks for any sensible advice in advance
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:44 AM
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If you navigate to your Autopilot control screen you should have dedicated 1° and 10° step turn buttons. Also, from the Autopilot control screen you can hit Menu>Autopilot Setup>Step Turn Size. From here you can set the amount you want the larger degree set to.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Todd Driscoll View Post
If you navigate to your Autopilot control screen you should have dedicated 1° and 10° step turn buttons. Also, from the Autopilot control screen you can hit Menu>Autopilot Setup>Step Turn Size. From here you can set the amount you want the larger degree set to.
Thanks for the reply. Yes i have the dedicated 1* and 10* buttons, but the general problem is moving multiple increments of 10* (3 or 4 in total) which is problematic, as each instance takes a few seconds of holding down the button. Doing a staged 180* turn (or whatever depending on where the bait sits) takes too long with this method.

However your tip on increasing the 10* to say 30* (in the setup) worked a treat, and I think is a great compromise, thank you.
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