April 15, 2015
Raymarine a, c and e Series Plotters with AIS over NMEA2000

Raymarine a, c and e Series Plotters with AIS over NMEA2000

This week we have been helping one of our dealers; Marine Electronic Installations (MEI) in Portsmouth, to find a solution to an interesting NMEA2000 problem with the latest range of Raymarine a, c and e Series Multi-Function Displays. Most of these MFDs feature an internal GPS, a SeaTalkNG (NMEA2000) interface […]
April 14, 2015
No GPS on Transponder due to loose FME connector

No GPS on Transponder due to loose FME connector

Our AIT2000 and AIT3000 Class B transponders are supplied with a GPS antenna that has a 10m cable terminated in an FME connector (right hand connector in the above image). These connectors are very slim, not much larger than the coax cable and are much easier to route through the […]
March 26, 2015

Crimping Small Wires

Time and again we see faults in marine electronic installations caused by bad or failed connections. Normally the harsh marine environment is the cause, with corrosion eating away at the electrical contacts but poor assembly of wiring connections is also a major culprit. Digital Yacht’s products, like many other modern […]
March 4, 2015
Testing NMEA0183

Testing NMEA0183

Back in the 1980s the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) defined an interfacing standard that would revolutionise the way marine electronics operated together. For the first time a common standard was defined that allowed equipment from different manufacturers to talk to each other and do things that had previously been […]
February 23, 2015
VHF Antenna Options for AIS

VHF Antenna Options for AIS

One of the most common questions we are asked by our AIS customers, is “what antenna should I use for my AIS ?”, so we thought we would post a short article to provide an answer. Basically there are two options; fit a second dedicated VHF antenna a suitable distance […]
January 21, 2015
Testing Wireless NMEA Data

Testing Wireless NMEA Data

  With more and more wireless NMEA systems being installed on-board boats, it is very useful for dealers, installers and enthusiastic end users to have simple tools to “view” this wireless NMEA data. Traditionally, wired NMEA0183 data was viewed using an NMEA to USB cable connected to a PC and […]
December 9, 2014
Digital Yacht Tech Training - A great resource

Digital Yacht Tech Training – A great resource

We’ve decided to publish our dealer training presentations on line so that the whole boating community can benefit.  Paul Sumpner, Digital Yacht’s CTO, was at the CA Clase distributor training event this week and presented a great overview on some of our core technologies including: AIS – Hints and tips […]
October 3, 2014
Getting Maximum VHF/AIS Reception

Getting Maximum VHF/AIS Reception

We are often asked about the best antenna to use with our AISNet Base Station Receiver, which is used by many customers to send AIS data to online AIS websites like Marine Traffic, Pinkfroot, AIS Live, Boat Beacon, Shipfinder, etc. We usually suggest a good quality, AIS tuned antenna, with […]