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All set for the Miami Boatshow 2016

The Miami show opens its doors at the new Key Biscayne location on Thursday.  We’ll be there (Booth C298) showing new products like our Aqua Compact Pro PC as well as the industry changing iKommunicate NMEA to Signal K gateway.

MIAMI 2016 NEW

At Digital Yacht we love innovative new ideas and products and when we saw these super neat, totally waterproof gel junction boxes we thought what a great product they would be for all marine electronic installers.  The fit in seconds and make secure, waterproof connections for your on board cabling – great for NMEA interfacing.

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We’ve brought some freebie samples to Miami so call by the booth, pick one up and start making better connections on board!  If you like them, we’ll start including in our program.  See you there!

 

Digital Yacht Applications Guide (US$) Now Out

We’ve just produced a summary applications guide highlighting key products for 2016. You can download a copy from HERE or click on the front cover below.    Digital Yacht systems add features, functionality and value to any marine navigation system. Welcome to new thinking in marine electronics for 2016.

applications guide front coverAll prices are in US$.  GBP and Euro versions will be available shortly.

National Coast Watch Doing a Great Job

NCI Mablethorpe Station

Since their formation in 1994, the UK’s National Coast Watch Institution (NCI) have been doing invaluable work around the UK coastline. With 50 stations, manned by over 2000 volunteers, the NCI are the marine watch keepers, alerting and coordinate MCA and RNLI rescue operations whilst also monitoring the general coastal environment and weather conditions.

A number of the NCI stations have Digital Yacht AIS units installed, including Mablethorpe (shown above) and the most recent installation was recently completed at Barry Island in South Wales (image below). Using one of our latest AISNet units, they were able to receive AIS targets all the way across the Bristol Channel and up the Avon.

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It is not always possible to get an internet connection in some of these very remote NCI stations, but in the Barry station, AISNet was able to send live reception data to an AIS webserver hosted by PocketMariner where it could be viewed online or on a mobile device using their Boat Beacon or our NavLink apps. The image below shows the typical reception the NCI station would see and you can click here to see a live view of the Barry Island station.

Boat Watch Live View

The NCI is entirely staffed by volunteers, with funding managed by a Board of Trustees based on a constitution agreed by the Charity Commission. It may not be as dramatic and high profile as the RNLI, but the work they do is of equal importance and relies heavily on local support and donations. If you ever chance upon an NCI station, just knock on the door and the officers on watch will give you a warm welcome and be delighted to show you what they do.

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NEW! Digital Yacht AIT1500N2K Class B AIS offers an easy installation for NMEA2000 systems

Digital Yacht have just released a new AIS Class B transponder intended specifically for easy installation on small yachts, motor boats and RIBs.  It’s designed to simply plug into an existing NMEA 2000 network to provide compatible plotters and instruments with AIS data.  As a transponder, it also sends vessel data to other AIS users.  Class B units require their own GPS in order to ensure they transmit accurate data and this normally means another antenna outside the boat.  The AIT1500N2K has a built in, highly sensitive GPS so it can work below decks on GRP boats cutting down on antenna clutter.  All that’s required to complete operation is connection to a VHF antenna or suitable AIS-VHF antenna splitter such as the Digital Yacht SPL2000.

AIT1500N2K Cutout HR

There’s a USB interface for programming and also for use with PC/MAC based charting applications.  Digital Yacht also have an optional WiFi adaptor for the NMEA 2000 backbone to allow data transfer to a tablet, smart phone or iPad – details HERE

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“Many boaters see the huge benefits of AIS and want to embrace the technology but are put off by a difficult and costly installation.  The AIT1500N2K couldn’t be easier to fit – it even takes power from the boat’s NMEA 2000 network.  This standard is now embraced on just about every modern chart plotter or instrument system to allow plug ‘n play interfacing” commented Paul Sumpner, CTO of Digital Yacht.

The AIT1500N2K is available now and will be on display at the London Boat Show 2016 Stand C021

It costs £450/$699.95/€645 (excluding VAT if applicable) and further details are at http://www.digitalyachtamerica.com

Aqua Compact Pro Marine PC – Handy Size!

Thinking about adding a PC to your boat? Digital Yacht’s new Aqua Compact Pro PC really does fit in the palm of your hand! Space is always at a premium on board and despite its slimline 11.5 x 11 x 5 cm dimensions, the Aqua PC packs in a powerful 5th generation Intel Core i3 processor with exceptional graphics performance for the latest 3D charting and HD navigation programs.  It’s the perfect partner for applications like Maxsea TimeZero – even with radar and 3D overlays.

aqua compact handheld

So why a PC on board?  The number one, compelling reason to add a PC to your boat’s navigation and communication system is amazing value. There’s no doubt that a dedicated chart plotter is ideal for use at the helm where it needs to be waterproof and compact.  But below decks, a PC can offer big screen performance at a very attractive price compared to a dedicated large screen multi-function display.  Of course, a PC and chart plotting software can also be your only electronic navigation device, just integrated to the GPS and instruments via a simple NMEA interface.

A PC also offers more powerful functionality than a dedicated MFD with the ability to install software for lots of applications from navigation to entertainment, email communications, weather and internet connectivity.  PCs are also up-dateable as new applications become available.

Any why not a laptop? They are simply not designed for the hostile marine environment and consume large amounts of power.  It’s a much neater solution to have a dedicated PC and display both in terms of functionality and reliability.   With some simple engineering, you can install a monitor to swivel between chart table and saloon so it can become an entertainment as well as a navigation device.

Aqua Compact Pro Features:

  • The perfect solution for demanding navigation applications like MaxSea/Nobeltec TimeZero even with radar and 3D integration
  • Direct DC 12V operation – no power hungry inverters or AC requirement and power consumption typically 20W
  • 8GB RAM and Windows 10 operating system
  • Built in 801.11AC wifi, ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dual video out (mini HDMI and Displayport) with HD5500 graphics and support for displays up to 4K for ultra high definition viewing
  • Super fast and ultra reliable 160GB SSD
  • 4 x USB 3 ports
  • Easy mounting on to vertical or horizontal surfaces – even under-sling from a shelf

Digital Yacht don’t manufacture displays but there’s plenty available from 3rd party manufacturers.  We can definately recommend the AG Neovo range of displays – have a look HERE

How about interfacing?

Finally to make installation easy, we’re producing a version of our MUX100 fitted with a USB cable – with opto isolated NMEA inputs pre-configured for 4800 and 38400 baud and a simple plug ‘n play USB connection, it’s the easiest way to get the Aqua Compact Pro integrated into the boat’s navigation system.

COMPACT PRO LINE DRAWING with pilot

And don’t forget our SmarterTrack 2016 Navigation Software which uses Navionic’s charting so you can share your plotter charts with a PC too – more savings!

MUX100

The Aqua Compact Pro is shipping now.  Price £795/US$1295 excluding any taxes.

Happy Christmas and Digital Yacht 2016 Pricing

Dear Partner

Our factory and offices will close from 23rd December and will re-open on 4th January 2016.  We’d like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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Our 2016 latest retail price lists are now available to download.  New prices come into effect for orders received after 22nd December.  Please download the version appropriate to your account and market.

For UK pricing in £, download DIGITAL YACHT 2016 UK PRICE LIST

For Euro pricing in €, download DIGITAL YACHT 2016 EURO PRICE LIST

For US & International pricing in US$, download DIGITAL YACHT 2016 US$ PRICE LIST

Click HERE for Excel versions of these short form lists