07 November 2023
Dockmate, a manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, has introduced a new feature for its wireless remote control systems called Dockmate Positioning System (DPS).
Dockmate says its new DPS solution has two operating modes: one mode for use on open water and another mode to use for short periods of time in close quarters.
In the open water operating mode, DPS will use only the engines to keep the boat in its target position. It is ideal for short-handed crews, allowing the captain to step away from the helm to tend to mooring lines and fenders before entering a marina.
In the close-quarters operating mode, DPS uses both the engines and bow and stern thrusters in concert to keep the vessel in its target position.
“We have spent a significant amount of time and research over the years to ensure that the Dockmate remote control system provides boaters with the best control of their vessels in some of the more stressful situations like docking and close-quarters manoeuvring,” says Dirk Illegems, president of Dockmate.
“Whether you’re entering a marina or waiting for a bridge or lock, holding your position while stepping away from the helm can be just as important as having fingertip control when pulling into a dock.
Our customers have been looking for a Dynamic Positioning System, and we are happy to deliver.”
Dockmate Positioning System is driven by an IMU unit (which includes a compass, accelerometer and gyroscope) and a DPS Receiver installed within the vessel, and connects to Dockmate GNSS antennas installed on the hardtop.
Dockmate says DPS is designed for installation on any vessel with at least two engines and Dockmate-compatible engine and thruster controls. DPS requires only a short calibration sea trial after installation.