Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) has completed a customized
Auto Pilot, Rudder and Steering Stick integration system, on a
48ft trawler, M/Y Bavaria.
David Leone, President of Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG),
commented, "Like most equipment, when the instruments are old and
start to fail, the parts to repair are either no longer
available, and if they are, they do not always work the way you
want them to. With M/Y Bavaria, this was definitely the case when
we tried to fix their aging ComNav autopilot system. With our
experienced engineers, we were able to review what new equipment
is available, and not only make it work like the older equipment,
but improve its functionality by integrating all the equipment
into one single interface".
VMAG replaced the ComNav Autopilot System with a new SIMRAD Auto
Pilot System and an A2004 controller. This system was chosen
because it has a precision rotary control dial with dedicated
buttons for instant access to steering modes, making it
responsive and easy to use. It also has a custom-configurable
Work mode and automated turn patterns, ideal for a commercial
Other products installed was a SIMRAD analog Rudder Angle that
has a tough, shock-proof casing, and has multiple lighting levels
with zone lighting. It is also equipped with an interface to
connect with other SIMRAD equipment, such as the SIMRAD FU80
The SIMRAD combination of products was interfaced to the existing
MDE pump and DC Solenoids, together with an older, but functional
Northstar GPS which the owner wished to retain.
The VMAG solution for M/Y Bavaria was chosen to provide maximum
efficiency, safety and control to support the very hard
environments they experience on a daily basis.