Great Offers Only at The London Boatshow 6-15 January 2017

We have some fabulous offers only at the London Boatshow as well as new products.  Come and see us on Stand C062 in the heart of the electronics section where we will be exhibiting in conjuction with leading retailer Cactus.  Here’s a sneak peek of some of the deals – prices include VAT:

AIS Transponders – Complete Systems with antennas from £399.95

Our biggest ever selection with the AIT1500 and AIT2000 both supplied with a FREE VHF antenna and add an optional WiFi interface for just £99.95 – a 50% saving on the normal price.  The flagship AIT3000 will come with a free AIS LifeGuard AIS SART alarm – a saving of £200.  Great deals only at the show!

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Save on instruments with WindSense wireless wind system from just £379.95

We’re showing our new WindSense wireless wind system which turns a tablet, iPad, smart phone or PC into a great marine wind display – and add other sensors too for a complete instrument system.  More details available from HERE and a great introductory price of just £379.95

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WL60 Mk 3 – a great portable solution for wifi afloat for just £109.95

The WL60 is a high power wifi antenna designed for temporary cockpit or pole mounting while in ports or marinas and it boosts wifi coverage up to 1km.  Its supplied with sucker cups for quick installation as well as dedicated hardware for pole mounting.  With an easy USB connection, it’s compatible with PC and MAC as well as our iKConnect router for tablets and iPads.  A great internet afloat solution for just over £100.

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Great deals and tech experts on hand to get you the right product and solution.  See us Stand C062

New Products for 2017 at METS – Hall 1:434

Dear Partner,

Digital Yacht will introduce a range of new products for 2017 at this year’s METS exhibition (15-17 November 2016).  We’re also pleased to have been nominated for the prestigious DAME design award with our iKommunicate NMEA gateway product.  This product was just a concept this time last year, but thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign with 500 early adopters, we were able to bring it to market in record speed and iKommunicate is now selling well as an established product – what a difference a year makes!

We see interesting opportunities in new marine sectors for us – smaller outboard powered vessels, dingy racing and then at the opposite scale in the super-yacht sector.  We see portable solutions as a growth area and of course more consumer product integration as well as connectivity afloat.  You’ll also see more products under the Digital Deep Sea brand for the professional, commercial and military markets.  We’re also keen to compete aggressively on price – in particular, on entry level products where you’ll see attractive new price points.

METS will show you the flavour of our upcoming product offerings for 2017.  We’re expanding our AIS product range with the introduction of Nomad – a portable Class B AIS transponder designed to appeal to charter and boat rental users, delivery skippers, professional users and also boat owners who don’t want the expense and complexity of a dedicated installation.

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WindSense is a new wireless wind system which will form part of an expanding range of sensors we offer including hi-performance GPS and compass units.

Plus lots of development of the iKommunicate platform – we’re already able to use low cost Kindles as a marine instrument, iKommunicate as a document server for handbooks and you’ll see some amazing engine monitoring and fuel economy apps.

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We all look forward to seeing you at METS 2016 – Hall 1:434

the Digital Yacht team

TEL + 44 1179 55 44 74  US 978 277 1234

DAME Nomination for iKommunicate

We’re delighted that iKommunicate has been nominated for the prestigious DAME award at this years METS exhibition

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iKommunicate is Digital Yacht’s NMEA to Signal K gateway which brings the internet of things to anything afloat and will introduce a new generation of interfacing and applications to the marine electronic’s world.

Things are changing in the world of marine electronic interfacing with the introduction of a new open source platform called Signal K. It’s been developing quietly over the past few years by a group of enthusiastic and very bright  developers and boaters and is now ready for wide scale implementation. The name comes from the original Signal K (kilo) flag which indicates “I want to communicate”!

Signal K aims to be the next generation solution for marine data exchange. It is intended to be used not only for communication between instruments and sensors on board a single vessel, but also to allow for sharing of data between multiple boats, aids to navigation, ports, marinas, etc. It is designed to be easily implemented by web and mobile applications and to connect boats and ships to the Internet of Things Afloat.

Many of you will be familiar with NMEA data standards which have been prevalent over the past 30 years.  While reliable and proven, they are slow and also expensive to develop for as there are legal, certification and documentation costs.  These standards were developed when the instruments on the average boat were much simpler and less capable. Today’s world is a lot more connected and there are huge benefits of tablet, PC and smartphone integration for data displays, applications, sharing and control. However, we don’t see the NMEA standard disappearing over night but equally a new format is needed for the next advance in applications.  In fact, the combination of NMEA and Signal K on board is the best technical opportunity.  That’s where iKommunicate comes in – a full featured NMEA to Signal K gateway and server allowing existing marine electronics to integrate with Signal K apps.

Like any new standard, it would take early adopters and lots of hard work to flourish but thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in the back end of 2015, iKommunicate was created and is now in production.  Thanks to nearly 500 early backers, iKommunicate was designed and manufactured.  Now everyone can now start to take advantage of next generation interfacing.

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iKommunicate has inputs for both NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 so it will work with the latest generation of marine instruments as well as legacy systems.  You can now integrate your older marine electronic equipment to the next generation of interfacing with tablets, PC and other devices.  To start sharing data, it’s designed to connect to a router and to complement iKommunicate, Digital Yacht have introduced iKConnect – a compact wifi router with easy integration for iKommunicate as well as a WAN port for internet connectivity.

Out of the box, iKommunicate can do some really clever things

  • Converts NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 to the new Signal K Open Data format
  • Includes two Web Apps; iKompass and Instrument Panel so that you can look at the Signal K data
  • Re-transmits all of the NMEA0183 and some of the NMEA2000 data it receives in to TCP or UDP network data
  • Can host other Web Apps and documents (PDFs, JPGs, etc.) on its 8GB micro SD Card

With data in Signal K format, it becomes incredibly easy to write apps to make boating more fun, affordable and safe.  We’ve produced a simple SDK at our www.ikommunicate.com site to help budding developers. Popular apps could include

  • Logging – log your engine data and track any changes over time – a gradually rising water or oil  temperature can be diagnosed prior to becoming an expensive problem
  • Twitter and Facebook integration – create your own Facebook logbook and share your boating experience with friends. Auto tweet your boats position for an easy tracking solution
  • Integrate with hobby hardware platforms like Raspberry Pi to create a custom alarm or monitoring platform for you boat

In fact, the sky is the limit!  You can also download the iKommunicate manual from HERE

Lots of major app developers are starting to interface with Signal K and iKommunicate’s support of NMEA data over TCP and UDP connections makes it compatible with lots of older apps too.

iKommunicate is now available to order.  You can order NOW

Dealers, marine electronic installers and boat builders should read ouriKommunicate Guide HERE

Welcome to next generation interfacing for everything afloat and come and see us at METS Hall1:434

Digital Sneak Peek – Southampton Boat Show 2016 – Stand J346

The Southampton Boatshow runs from 16-25th September and Digital Yacht will be exhibiting on stand J346 in the heart of the electronics area together with our reseller Cactus

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We’ve our biggest ever selection of award winning AIS products with amazing deals – Class B transponders complete with all antennas for under £400 including VAT and a FREE AIS Lifeguard MOB alarm with our best selling AIT3000 Nucleus Class A AIS – that’s a saving of over £250

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Plus there’s a great deal on our new WL70R hi power wifi system for reliable internet access afloat

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There will also be new products too – like iKommunicate, our new next generation interface for ANY marine electronics system now commercially available following a successful Kickstarter crowd funded development project.  Start connecting your boat to the internet of things and get easy access to NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 data thanks to the new Signal K open interfacing standard – you can find out more at http://www.ikommunicate.com

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Finally we’ve some interesting instrument developments with our new wireless wind system, WindSense making its debut at the show and here’s a sneak peek of another development – instrument data on your Kindle.  These low cost, high bright sunlight readable displays make a great read for any boater – and now with your real time boat data too!  Find out more at the show…

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Remember – Stand J346 – we look forward to seeing you there.

The Digital Yacht team

Digital Yacht UK On The Move

Digital Yacht are on the move and our new UK address with effect from 21st March is:

Digital Yacht Ltd
6 Farleigh Court, Old Weston Rd,
Flax Bourton,
Bristol,
BS48 1UR

Our telephone and email addresses remain unchanged. Please update our address details with immediate effect.

The new facility allows us to incorporate sales, R&D, product management and finance in a new three storey building located just 10 minutes from Bristol airport and adjacent to the new A370 ring road for excellent communications.

Originally constructed in 1837, Farleigh Court has an amazing history and is now a beautifully renovated technology park for Bristol business with state of the art office space and surroundings despite its listed building status.

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Over the next few months we will be opening a permanent demonstration area and hope to see you soon at our new home.

Best wishes from the Digital Yacht UK team

Ready, steady, GO! – Dubai Show Opens Tuesday

If you’re boating in the Gulf, Middle East or Far East then the Dubai Show is well worth a visit.  It opens Tuesday 1st March and Digital Yacht will be showing their latest products in conjunction with our Distributor Xtra-Link on Booth E114 – check out the latest in next generation navigation from Digital Yacht!

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Digital Update December 2015 Now Out

The December edition of Digital Update, our regular monthly newsletter is now available to download.  Just click HERE or on the image below.  This month we take a look at the Paris Boat show which starts 4th December as well as portable navigation solutions for your boat.  There are also preview details on our new Aqua Compact marine PC, scheduled for release in January 2016.

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