Automated docking is not just for leisure boats

Dockmate will demonstrate how its remote boat docking technology, with fingertip control, can be used to steer a boat Dockmate will demonstrate how its remote boat docking technology, with fingertip control, can be used to steer a boat

All boats with electronic engine control, regardless of the type or length, can be equipped with the Dockmate system.

At this year’s Seawork International, the team at Dockmate will demonstrate how its remote boat docking technology, with fingertip control, can be used to steer a boat in a tight slip, negotiate challenging docking conditions and manoeuvre a boat singlehandedly with ease.

“Built by yachtsmen with over 40 years’ experience to simplify the difficult and stressful docking experience the Dockmate is a simple, future-proof boat steering system which controls, to the centimetre, how to berth safely,” said John Ainsworth, Business Development Director for Dockmate Direct.  “The transmitter’s layout is simple, its modular technology will never become obsolete and if you buy a new boat you can take your Dockmate system with you,” he adds.

All boats with electronic engine control, regardless of the type or length, can be equipped with the Dockmate system which comes with a three-year warranty and full technical support. It ensures the wireless remote control of engines (to include boats with only one engine also, horn, bow thruster, stern thruster and one or two Anchor windlasses).  Dockmate Twist also provides wireless joystick control for engines and thrusters including proportional thrusters and full function control of Volvo Penta IPS drives.

The transmitter, worn with a neck strap, has a signal which reaches up to 50 metres, is completely waterproof and floats. In its most simple configuration, the transmitter sends a coded digital signal to the receiver which operates the gears and horn. The system can be modularly extended with a bow thruster, stern thruster and up to 2 windlasses. Dockmate requires installation and configuration to the vessel, works on both 12 and 24V boats as well as metal boats; and can be converted to work with engines that have mechanical push/pull cables.  All handsets switch off after 30 minutes of non-use and have re-chargeable batteries and a USB cable for charging. In addition, the Twist handset has cordless inductive capability.

Visit Dockmate at Seawork International 2019 on stand PY5

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