US 9,809,292 B1
System and method for steering wheel correction on a marine vessel
Steven J. Gonring, Slinger, WI (US)
Assigned to Brunswick Corporation, Lake Forest, IL (US)
Filed by Brunswick Corporation, Lake Forest, IL (US)
Filed on Jan. 14, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/596,606.
Int. Cl. B63H 25/02 (2006.01); G05D 1/02 (2006.01)
CPC B63H 25/02 (2013.01) [G05D 1/0206 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
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1. A method of controlling steering alignment in a marine vessel, the method comprising:
detecting a rotational position of a steering device;
detecting a rotational position of a steerable component, wherein the steerable component is couplable to the marine vessel and steerable to a plurality of positions so as to control a direction of movement of the marine vessel;
comparing the rotational position of the steering device to the rotational position of the steerable component;
detecting a misalignment between the steering device and the steerable component, wherein the misalignment is independent of a steering command by a user to vary the direction of movement of the marine vessel; and
automatically adjusting relative operation between the steering device and the steerable component while the steering device is moved by the user to control the direction of movement of the marine vessel until alignment between the steering device and the steerable component is reached.