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Digital Yacht October 2015 US$ Product Guide Now Available

Here’s our latest product guide and price list for the US market with new products including:


WL70 – Easy hi power wi-fi solution for internet access afloat with USB connection.  MAC and PC compatible and a low cost router coming soon for iPads and tablets.  The easy, value solution for being connected on board.

AISnode – Add AIS to any NMEA 2000 system with AISnode.  Self powered NMEA 2000 receiver. Simple “T” connection into NMEA 2000 network to add AIS data.  Competitive and easy to install.

DTV100 – The ultimate in terrestrial DTV antennas.  Outstanding performance with FM and TV outlets. Pole or 1″ x 14TPI mounting.  Optional dual TV amplifier available.

Click on the picture above or HERE to get our latest product guide

See you at Annapolis Boat Show 8-12 October 2015 A1

Digital Yacht at NMEA 2015 Conference & Exhibition

Digital Yacht will be exhibiting at the 2015 NMEA Baltimore Conference from 29th September to 1st October.  Make sure to come by and see our latest products and take advantage of additional promotions available only at the show.

In addition to new products, we’re keen to showcase some new technologies.  Many of you will be familiar with the emerging Signal K interfacing standard.  Signal K sets out to create a common modern and open data format for marine use. A format for the modern boat, compatible with NMEA, friendly to WiFi, cellphones, tablets, and the Internet. A format available to everyone, where anyone can contribute.  The platform is gaining ground and we want to make sure Digital Yacht partners are able to embrace and commercialize this opportunity as well as making boaters aware of the potential.

In the first instance, we’ve published an information document to raise awareness and to enable debate.  Potentially, we plan to produce a certified NMEA 2000 to Signal K gateway.

You can download a copy of our Signal K white paper entitled “The internet of things afloat and next generation interfacing from HERE or click on the picture below

kickstarter logo

At the show, we’ll have an early prototype of the gateway to demonstrate and discuss the opportunities moving forward.

We look forward to welcoming you in Baltimore

Digital Yacht at Southampton Boatshow 2015

The Southampton Boatshow is the best on water display of boats and boating accessories and it opens for 10 days this Friday, 11th September 2015.


Digital Yacht will be exhibiting with our Distributor and Retail partners on Stands G147 and G076.  We’ll have factory experts on hand to answer your questions on AIS, iPad navigation, DualNav GPS technology, WiFi on board, marine PCs and much more – plus some great special offers too, only available at the show.

There’s also some new products displaying for the 1st time in the UK including our new DTV100 TV antenna, Sonar Server and WL70 WiFi System for boats.

new products for southampton boatshow

AIS Transponder on a Jet Ski

Jetski on Trailer

Earlier this year we were approached by Al Charles who was attempting to combine two of his favourite past times; fishing and jet skiing. Al was passionate about making his Jet Ski suitable for offshore fishing around the UK coasts and proceeded to squeeze a complete suite of navigation equipment in to his Seadoo Jet Ski.

Al managed to install one of our latest AIT1500 Class B transponders, which shared a single Shakespeare VHF antenna, with the Icom VHF by using our SPL2000 antenna splitter. The AIS data was then displayed on a Lowrance combo chart plotter and fish finder.

AIT1500+SPL2000 on JetSki

Lowrance AIS on Jet Ski

Al who did all of the design and installation himself, including the fibreglass fabrication, had to work hard to get everything to fit within the tight confines of the Jet Ski, but as you can see from the photos on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/al.charles.144) the results are incredibly good. On numerous outings this season the installation has worked faultlessly, allowing Al to see exactly where all of the large vessels are while he is fishing and also transmitting his position while he concentrates on reeling in his next catch.

Whoops! I Promise it wasn’t on the chart

Running aground is every sailors nightmare.  Did this poor skipper misread the chart or head over the rocky outcrop as it wasn’t shown on the chart?  Either way, with some charts using depth soundings from years ago, it’s time for better charts. How about improved bathymetry and crowd sourced depth data as a 21st century solution?

boat aground

Sonar Server is Digital Yacht’s low cost gateway from your boat’s NMEA depth instrument or fish-finder to a Smartphone or tablet running the popular Navionic’s charting app.  The app now features the ability to redraw bathymetry based on live data streamed from your boat’s system.

Before+After 2

The picture above shows just how well the system works

Before: This shows the dredged channel into the popular Parkstone Bay Yacht Club.  The traditional charts just show it as a channel  with no depth information

You sail: With SonarServer installed we passed over the channel and you can see our track as the red line.  In real time the charting is redrawn on the screen allowing us to reveal hidden depth contours

After: When we return ashore and our SmartPhone or tablet has an internet connection, data is anonymously uploaded to the Navionic’s server for reprocessing.  A sophisticated algorithm compares and validates data and allows a new “Sonar Chart” to be created which is then available for all to download next time they update charts in their apps.  This process typically takes a couple of weeks.  The new data clearly shows some areas on the starboard side of the channel which may cause concern.  It’s community boating at its best – as Navionics say, “if you want better charts, just go boating”

Download the brochure from HERE and find out more at http://www.sonarserver.com

Digital Yacht in Video Game !

GPS Class C

You know you are famous these days, when your product is featured in a video game. So it was a very pleasant surprise when one of our dealers, Ed at the Marine Trade Centre in Gosport,  sent us these images that he saw when playing the popular XBox game “Battlefield Hardline”.


We are not exactly sure what a Class C GPS is, but we are sure it works very well as it is clearly modelled on our AIT2000 Class B AIS Transponder.

Thanks Ed for sending in these images and if anyone else spots a Digital Yacht product in an interesting situation, please send us your pics.

Sonar Server Live Demo

There’s been massive interest in Sonar Server which takes NMEA depth data from your boat’s existing electronics (instruments, fish finders, multi function displays etc) and streams the data via its wifi server to mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and tablets that are on board.

Sonar Server NMEA


It’s designed to work with the popular Navionic’s boating app and the screen shot below shows the depth data being displayed in the top of the display.  In addition to the simple digital repeater display of depth information, Navionic’s have added new functionality called Sonar Charts Live.


SonarCharts Live allows users to view sonar recordings in an exciting real-time display on the Navionic’s app. The newly generated personal HD chart is then saved for private use on the device, while recorded depth data is anonymously shared with Navionics to improve SonarCharts for all boaters. All data is cross-checked with other community contributions to ensure accurate daily enhancements.  SonarChart Live is truly fascinating to watch – as you move, you’ll see the map expose the underwater surface and the contour details revealed.  To see how it works in practice, we took Sonar Server out in Poole.  In the screen shot above, you’ll see the dredged channel just appears as an unsurveyed area of water.  The next screen shot below reveals how we added to the chart display just by cruising up the channel and in real time the depth information is re-plotted.  This was just a single pass and the system will build better and better data the more times you pass over a point.  Now here’s the clever part…



The data is saved locally on your iPad/tablet and then the next time you have a live internet connection, this small amount of data is uploaded anonymously to Navionic’s charting server.  Here crowd sourced data from any other users is all combined, tidal offsets applied and some specialist algorithms utilised to validate and creat a new Sonar Chart which is then available for all users.  It truly is a step change in navigation and in producing better charts.

We’ve a video here showing Sonar Server in action


Make a difference to marine navigation – Check out http://www.sonarserver.com