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Digital Yacht 2015 Pricing

2015 pricing logoWe know how frustrating annual prices changes can be so we’re issuing our 2015 Price Guide early so you can prepare catalogues and websites in advance

For our dealers and distributors, here are short form price lists for 2015.  These new prices become effective for orders after 1st January 2015.  E&OE

Please note all prices are SRP, excluding VAT if applicable.

For GBP (£) pricing, click  DIGITAL YACHT 2015 UK PRICE LIST

For EUR (€) pricing, click DIGITAL YACHT 2015 EURO PRICE LIST

For USD ($) pricing, click DIGITAL YACHT 2015 US$ PRICE LIST

GPS150 DualNav Sensor – Six Great Applications Afloat

It’s been just over a year since the GPS150 Dualnav positioning sensor was launched and we’ve seen a multitude of different applications.  The GPS150 is a sophisticated combination GPS and GLONASS positioning sensor which is field programmable for a variety of different modes and data outputs.  You can get more information at our microsite www.dualnav.com.  Field programming is done using a series of internal DIP switches so its fast and easily configurable by the installer

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It can be programmed as a GPS only, GLONASS only or unique DualNav mode sensor which can offer sub 1m accuracy and a 10Hz super fast output which improves chart plotter redraws significantly.  Despite its precision and performance it costs just £125/EUR165/US$189.95


Here’s 6 great applications for the GPS150

GPS150 – High performance positioning sensor

Configured in DualNav mode you’ll typically get better than 1m accuracies from the combination of GPS & GLONASS positioning, coupled with a fast 38400 baud NMEA output (24x faster than normal systems) and a 10Hz update rate for super fast and smooth plotter redraws

GPS150 – Add GLONASS to your GPS based system

We absolutely rely on GPS for every aspect of our navigation so why not take advantage of GLONASS too.  GLONASS is now available thanks to funding of nearly $5billion from the Russian government and like GPS, it’s FREE and global.  The GPS150 can be configured as a GLONASS only sensor so you can add this to your existing systems by connecting to a spare NMEA port or fitting a simple selector switch to allow the positioning sources to be selected.  Double up on your navigation options!

GPS150 – NMEA sensor for DSC VHFs

With many modern chart plotters (for instance Raymarine A series) not incorporating a NMEA 0183 output, you can’t get positioning information into the vast majority of DSC VHFs.  A reliable feed to the DSC radio is an essential safety feature – press the distress button with no position and you might as well not bother!  The GPS150 can be configured as a simple 4800 baud positioning sensor compatible with every DSC VHF.  Boat builders also see this as a safety priority – the DSC radio should have its own fail-safe positioning data

GPS150 – Raystar replacement

The very popular Raystar antennas used by Raymarine on C/E series and other products are now end of life.  They are also prone to failure rendering the integrated navigation system useless without a positioning input.  The GPS150 can connect to the NMEA 0183 input on these older systems and bring high definition positioning on board!

GPS150 – WiFi connect to an iPad or tablet

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You can connect the GPS150 to our WLN10HS and make high definition positioning data available for your iPad or tablet.  The WLN10HS creates an on board hotspot – simply connect your device (up to 5 can connect) and stream data to your favourite, compatible app such as iNavX, NavLink, NMEA Remote, iSailor and more

GPS150 – USB for PC and MAC

The GPS150USB version is also available for MAC and PC based navigation systems.  Turn your notebook into a high performance marine charting system with the latest software.  The GPS150USB is self powered from the PC making it great for charter skippers too.  You can even add dual USB and NMEA connectivity to the GPS150 standard version with our USB-NMEA adaptor

GPS150 – more next generation navigation from Digital Yacht

Class B AIS – A New 5 Minute Guide

With the METS 2014 introduction of our new AIT1500 and AIT3000 Class B transponders, the Digital Yacht family is growing fast.  Here’s a quick 5 minute guide to the AIS system and the features of our new enlarged Class B AIS family.  Digital Yacht have an AIS system for just about every application including receivers, shore stations, ATONs, SARTs and Class A and Class B transponders.

METS 2014 New Products – Trade & Dealer Preview

In just over two weeks, the biggest ever METS marine equipment trade show opens its doors.  Digital Yacht will be exhibiting in Hall 1, Stand 611.  We’ll have a raft of innovative, new product introductions including our DAME design award nominated AquaWear WLN20 wireless server.

You can download the quick preview presentation from HERE or watch a quick 5 minute video presentation preview so make sure to come by and get more information and get the latest pricing and offers for 2015.  METS 18-20th November 2014.

AquaWear WLN20 NMEA-Wireless Gateway – Preview Information

The AquaWear WLN20 NMEA-Wireless gateway has been nominated for the prestigious DAME award at this years METS exhibition (Amsterdam 18-20 November).  We’re launching the AquaWear concept and range of servers at this show.

You can download the UK trade preview information right HERE or the Euro version from HERE

Connect to your existing navigation electronics via an industry standard NMEA interface and stream real time data from GPS, instrument and AIS systems to transform the way you navigate. Your smart-phone is a powerful device and you can take advantage of its simple operation and touch screen high resolution display while afloat, transforming it into a new navigation device.

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AquaWear servers are app agnostic and because they use industry standard NMEA protocols, they will integrate with all the leading brands of marine electronics.  The applications market is constantly evolving with new innovative apps and programs launched daily. Choose from racing and instrument displays, AIS target tracking, charting and electronic navigation – the chances are that there is an app for your app available!   If you are a developer, you can benefit from an open platform with stable and well proven hardware and join the AquaWear Alliance.

AquaWear servers can support multiple devices so your crew can connect too and they are also compatible with iPads, Android phones and tablets, PCs and MACs allowing you to use it at the chart table too.

AquaWear servers are delivered with a splash proof, stylish yet tough, wrist band case to suit most modern smart phones but of course you’re free to check out the massive range of 3rd party waterproof cases that are now available for your device.

AquaWear – next generation wearable navigation from Digital Yacht

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Got a MacBook then get NavLink for MAC

NavLink for MAC is a full featured chart and navigation app for MacBook PCs.  It’s designed to integrate with Digital Yacht NMEA to WiFi devices so you can stream real time NMEA AIS and GPS data from your boats’ systems to the MacBook for a complete wireless solution.  It’s also compatible with our USB products such as the AIS100USB, GPS150USB and general purpose NMEA-USB adaptor.  Even if you have a sophisticated chart plotting system on board, a MacBook makes a fantastic 2nd station system and the track-pad is the most intuitive of devices with pinch to zoom and super fast panning and scrolling.


NavLink has just had an upgrade with new features like AIS target scaling as shown below.  This is great when making anti collision calculations as you can see if you’ll pass ahead or astern of a vessel.  Targets are also colour coded and the AIS presentation is much better than a traditional chart plotter

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Also new is AIS and GPS integration via USB or Wireless and an option for Internet AIS (you’ll need to be online for this to function) which is great for planning or seeing what’s about in other ports.  This can be enabled/disabled as required.

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Plus there’s lots more.  We’ve put together a short presentation on all the new features to download from HERE

Detailed charts are included.  The UK version utilises UKHO accurate and detailed charts and the US version utilises NOAA charting for the best in reliability.  Chart updates are automatically downloaded

Available as NavLink UK and NavLink US versions, you can purchase direct from the Apple MAC store.  A North European version will be available shortly

NTN10 – The solution for NMEA to Network Interfacing

Several installers have asked us to produce an NMEA to network server to compliment our range of  NMEA to WiFi devices.  This is particularly useful on larger vessels where an existing network is installed but users want the benefit of overlaying NMEA navigation data into this infrastructure.

Welcome on board – the Digital Yacht NTN10 NMEA to Ethernet server.

It’s simple to install.  Just connect power and NMEA 0183 data and program using the supplied software for a specific TCP/IP or UDP address to suit your application.  It can also be programmed for 4800 or 38400 baud NMEA data.

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The first application we have seen is on board superyachts where Captains and Crew want the benefit of NMEA data for navigation apps like iNavX or NavLink.  Connect, for instance, to the on board AIS and instrument system and realtime NMEA data can be dropped into the existing boat network allowing one log-on for both internet data and NMEA.  Crew can now roam freely, connected to the existing boat network, with their favorite app using live data and utilise their tablet or iPad for navigation around the boat.  If multiple NMEA streams are required then you can utilise the Digital Yacht MUX100 NMEA multiplexer – details HERE

The new NTN10 server will be formally launched at METS 2014 but is available now.  Part number ZDIGNTN10

Retail price is $350 and you can buy online from HERE via Paypal/Credit card