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[DG11] Auto advance waypoints in route trackmode?
07-09-19, 07:13 AM (This post was last modified: 07-17-19 07:22 AM by Derek - Raymarine - Moderator.)
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[DG11] Auto advance waypoints in route trackmode?
Hello!

Currently Raymarine autopilots do not follow the waypoints of a route automatically. This is very annoying when following a route with many waypoints.
In the past Raymarine said, this is a safety feature to avoid collisions when auto-turning.
On the other hand, you will have collisions, when you miss to acknowledge the turn and your boat is heading straight on an obstacle.

Finally the skipper is responsible in any case.

Other brands allow to auto-follow a route.

Will Raymarine give up this unlogic "safety" in near future?
Missing this feature will be the "showstopper" for the replacement of many Raymarine devices on my boat.

By the way... There have been a lot of requests to unlock the auto-follow in the net during the past years. Maybe Raymarine should listen to their customers - they are the one who buy the products :-)

Martin
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07-17-19, 07:25 AM
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RE: [DG11] Auto advance waypoints in route trackmode?
Hi Martin,
Thankyou for your enquiry.

The issue is one of liability, if the plotter automaticially initiates a turn onto a new track which then results in a collision, then the manufacturer developing the product could be held liable because they instigated the turn. If the skipper ignored the waypoint arrival alarm and the boat continued straight and then had a collision then this is still the responsibility of the skipper.

I have forwarded your feedback to our product managers for their feedback and comment.

Regards
Derek
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