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Anyone know how a simrad st 6000 autopilot works?

Did try pushing the on button on a recent trip up the new cut, assuming that turning it on would hold the course it was on, instead it turned the boat about 40 degrees and put the boat on a collision course with the bank resulting in a very near miss.

I have never used it before and have no intention of plotting courses for it but it would be nice to be able to turn it on to hold it's course for a few minutes, I am guessing that it took off on it's last programmed heading but it was not nice 6' from the bank.

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:oops: Its not Simrad it is Raymarine and after following the link I have identified it as a st 5000 sterndrive version.

Reading the manual it seems that if there has previously been a heading used and you press the auto button twice in 1 second it will take off on that heading.

Have to say I don't think I pressed it twice but maybe I did, will wait until I have a bit more space before trying it again.

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