One of the things you need to ensure works properly in your boat at all times is your boat’s computers, especially your autopilot system. You might be experienced when it comes to using a home computer running Windows or Mac OS, or using your mobile phone with Android or iOS, and you might even have experience working with a variety of different Linux distributions. Even if you have extensive experience in IT, a lot of boat navigation and autopilot systems use obscure Linux distributions or use their own custom on-board operating system. If you suspect there might be an issue with your boat’s autopilot computer, it might be time to get a professional to take a look at your equipment.
Duke from ADIT Computer Repairs in Sydney had the following to say about navigational computers: “When we’re talking about something like the on-board computers on a boat, that kind of stuff shouldn’t be messed around with. If you suspect something is wrong with your boat’s operating system or computer hardware, it’s recommended that you get someone to check it out as soon as possible, because that could potentially compromise you when you’re out at sea or off the coast, and that could end up really badly.”
There are plenty of freelance and corporate computer experts in the area who specialize in a wide variety of different systems. When you’re thinking of hiring a professional to take a look at the navigational computers on board your ship, you should ask them for their certifications and credentials, as well as any relevant experience they have working on similar boat navigation and autopilot systems in the past
Find a quality company before agreeing to let them take a look at any of your hardware or software, and remember how important it is to get these issues fixed as quickly as possible.