This weekend, from the 9th to the 11th of March I will be in Torrevieja testing ICAROS and deciding about the autopilot and backup motor solutions.

Currently, the boat sails and it is fun to “drive”, but we need a solution for longer journeys, in order not to have the skipper nailed to the wheel.

Because of the nature of the boat, it can change direction swiftly, even with the wheel in straight position. Therefore, it is not possible to leave the boat unattended.

We have the option of a wheel autopilot and a shaft autopilot.

For me, this second solution is better because we would have a backup steering and it is much cheaper.

What I would really like to have is an autopilot such as Minn Kota has in its electro motors. But it seems Torqeedo is not going down that alley…