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System Overview

NAVIPILOT V HSC is the first type approved autopilot designed for application worldwide on all types of vessels, e.g., displacement ships, hydroplanes, high-speed monohulls, catamarans, etc.

NAVIPILOT V HSC can be interfaced to any type of rudder and also water jet control. Created with the most modern computer programs to provide the highest fuel economy and low operational demands, this autopilot provides the operator with perfect control for all types of vessels including high-speed craft. It also exceeds the demands of IMO Resolution A.822(19) High-Speed Craft (HSC Code). The very modern design of the control unit includes a tailor-made and clearly laid out transflective liquid crystal display, which permanently indicates all information required by contemporary navigation demands:

  • Current heading
  • Set heading )course to steer)
  • Rudder angle (analogue 35)
  • Steering mode (AUTO/MAN/NAV)
  • Parameters for:
    • rudder limit
    • weather
    • rate (/min.) or radius
    • speed (knots)
    • load (%)
    • off course alarm
    • magnetic variation

Changes in parameter and heading settings are carried out by a single analogue cardinal control disk.

Model Variations

In order to meet the many and varying demands made by today's modern shipbuilding industry, the C. PLATH multi- purpose autopilot NAVIPILOT V is offered in four basic versions. These are:

This version accepts a gyrocompass heading input and is intended for ships with no transmitting magnetic compass system.

GM denotes that this version features inputs for both gyrocompass and magnetic compass heading information. This is today's most widely used configuration because the autopilot will operate on the heading information from the magnetic compass should failure of the gyrocompass occur. During the normal operation mode, the headings from both gyrocompass and magnetic compass are processed in the independent course monitor (complies with IMO Res. A.342(XI) integrated in the NAVIPILOT V / GM.

In addition to the features of the GM version, the G-TMC configuration provides the operator with three permanent and separate outputs of the magnetic compass heading in the format of 6 steps per one degree of azimuth.

In the event of a gyrocompass failure, all major receivers of the gyrocompass heading, such as radar, Satcom, GPS, digital repeaters, etc., can be switched over immediately to the heading of the magnetic compass.

Major Features

  • Gyrocompass heading interfaces: RS 422, 6 steps/, synchro 1:360
  • Magnetic compass interfaces: NMEA 0183, sine and cosine
  • Speed interface: NMEA 0183 or 200 pulses per nautical mile
  • Analogue output for rudderm water jets, azimuth thusters and bow thruster control
  • Nav interface with 9 unidirectional and 7 bodirectional protocols
  • A maximum of 20 remote Control and Display units possible
  • Direct selection of the operator setup procedure
  • Service setup protected by coded access
  • Operational data remain stored during power failure
  • Clear error indication and identification
  • Exceeds IMO Resolution A.822(19) High-Speed Craft (HSC Code)
  • Rate and radius steering modes
  • Clearly arranged Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Logical arrangement of sealed foil keyboard and ergonomic, user-friendly operation
  • Display and controls illuminated by electroluminescent foil
  • Analogue selection of set heading and all other major parameters by means of an ergonomically designed cardinal control disk safeguarded against unintentional operation
  • Digital nonlinear PID controller with nonlinear weather control
  • Automatic adaptive counter rudder control (no manual settings required)
  • Type approved, also to the High-Speed Craft Code, in accordance with the EC Council Directive 96/98/EC
  • NAVIPILOT V HSC / GM and NAVIPILOT V HSC / G-TMC have also been type approved to EC Council directive 96/98/EC as transmitting magnetic compass systems (TMC)
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