The new B&G Gimballed Rate Compass (GRC) offers a competitively-priced solution to the problem of eliminating the effects of heel and pitch from the compass read-out.
The result feeds through into greater accuracy for a number of instrument measurements, including wind speed and angle.
By adding gimbals to the rate sensor, B&G has created a compass that gives the true rate of turn whatever the angle of heel or sea state – a major advantage for both accurate autopilot steering performance and for race boats looking for real time data on course changes and wind shifts.
In addition to heading data the GRC brings to navigators and helmspeople the added bonus of integrated heel and trim sensors, which provides a complete picture of the boat’s set-up in any given conditions via a single sensor package.
The GRC is designed to fit seamlessly with existing B&G systems, integrating with both B&G H3000 ACP Pilots and – following a software upgrade later in 2008 – with the Graphical Function Display unit. It also has an NMEA-0183 output for linking with other instruments.
The GRC will be a valued addition to the instrumentation systems of both autopilot-equipped cruising boats and club racers.
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