Haptic – Thanks to a series of sensors, the XENTA Active Helm in the steering system interprets the helmsman’s command and implements it with optimal efficiency to ensure the boat executives the perfect turn.
Active – This can adjust perceived wheel resistance, viscosity and inertia to give the helmsman a superior automobile-style steering experience. XENTA Helm by Wire can change the required number of revolutions of the wheel and the steering effort as a function of speed, trim and driving conditions and thus modifying the feedback to the helmsman. At low speeds, it can reduce the number of revolutions required to move the rudders, improving the boat’s responsiveness and maneuverability. At high speeds, on the other hand, the system requires more wheel rotation to guarantee maximum sensitivity and precision control.
Self-centering – The system is programmed to optimize the wheel’s return to center at the end of a high speed turn in the most efficient (i.e. fastest) yet safest way possible.
Autocourse – Although not an autopilot in the conventional sense of the term, this function allows the helmsman to maintain the selected bow direction without needing to continuously correct it. This is true in all sea or current conditions. The smart system “learns” the helmsman’s wheel movements and then uses them to maintain a specific direction and progressively replace the helmsman in a natural way.
The Helm by Wire system will continue to control the rudders autonomously, leaving the helmsman to supervise cruising.