Garmin buys Nautamatic, sweeeeet!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    If I understand this correctly, it is only interesting to those with a power yacht.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Is there some other kind? Kidding. One limitation of TR-1 autopilots is that they only work with hydraulic steering systems, which of course leaves out a lot of sailboats. Plus Nautamatic was never much interested in sail anyway, perceiving that the TR-1’s ability to steer at very slow speeds, even in reverse, was most attractive to fishermen. But I am noticing that Garmin is showing a little respect for sailors, or at least has added the ability to show wind info on the new displays.

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