Autohelm - software and hardware to enable self managing sail boats

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The idea. by Gregory Burd on Tue, 4 Jan 2005


Why start such a project? That's the first question I'd be asking if I ran across such a site. Well, the answer is that I live on a sail boat in Boston Harbor and I thought it'd be a fun challenge to design a system that could safely pilot a sail boat to some other destination. I know first hand the complex process of sailing. Its work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Sailing is hard work. Many factors come into play. I'm also the kind of person who learns by doing. Or more specifically, by taking things apart and improving them. I tought myself software engineering in that way, now I thought I'd try my hand at hardware.

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