Wireless Navigation Takes Off at METS 2014

Digital Yacht have been pioneers in integrating consumer devices like iPads and tablets into your boat’s navigation system.  We introduced our award winning iAIS three years ago and our WLN10 NMEA to WiFi servers are installed on 1000s boats worldwide allowing NMEA data to be streamed to mobile devices.  The AquaWear WLN20 introduced this month enables wearable navigation for yachtsmen with its included wrist case allowing you to literally wear navigation on your sleeve – another first for the marine industry.  Find our more HERE


Other marine electronic equipment companies are also realising the potential so we decided to take a look around this years METS 2014 marine equipment show and video some of the other innovations.  Here’s the world’s first iPad radar from Furuno.

We are working with Furuno and Maxsea to get real time NMEA data (like GPS, instruments and AIS) into their apps from your boat’s navigation systems  making the connected boat a reality today.  Start looking forward to next generation navigation from Digital Yacht and our partners who share our vision.




Interesting AIS Applications – Tender Tracking

Most yachts above 50ft are now equipped with either a Class A or Class B AIS transponder.  Any superyacht carrying more than 12 passengers or over 300GRT is mandated to carry a Class A transponder like our CLA1000 – details here

But how about the yacht’s tenders or jetskis?

Adding a low cost Class B transponder to a yacht tender or jetski allows it to be easily tracked for safety and security. The Digital Yacht AIT2000 Class B transponder will provide regular 30 second transmissions of the tender’s position, course and speed and allow positive identification of the tender from the mother ship.  What’s more there’s no running costs or internet connectivity required for tender tracking with AIS unlike cellular based solutions.

The AIT2000 can also connect to a compatible plotter fitted on the tender to allow an AIS overlay of targets as well as making it easy for the helmsman to locate the mother ship.

Our new GV30 combo GPS-VHF antenna is ideal too for an unobtrusive installation.


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Here’s a reminder of some of the features of our AIT2000

  • AIT2000 – ultra compact Class B AIS transponder
  • Fit and forget solution – Waterproof to IP65
  • Supplied with GPS antenna – requires connection to VHF antenna or suitable splitter such as SPL2000 or can be supplied with our new GV30 combo GPS-VHF antenna
  • Features dual NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 and USB interfaces for maximum flexibility
  • Remote silence/transmit inhibit feature
  • Class B AIS transmissions every 30 seconds for real time tracking

On board the mother ship, our  WLN10HS NMEA to WiFi server can be fitted to yacht’s main AIS system to allow wirelss tender tracking on crew or guest’s iPad/Phone – neat eh?  The WLN10 will typically footprint NMEA data over a boat up to 35m in length so crew can use an iPad or iPhone for navigation and tender tracking with apps like NavLink, iNavX and iAIS.

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Digital Update July 2014 Now Out

Welcome to Digital Update 2014.  Our latest monthly newsletter is now out and you can download from here Digital Update July 2014.  In this edition we take a look at our latest Android app – AISView which offers real time AIS target viewing and tracking via a wifi or USB interface to your boat’s systems.  Turn your android phone or tablet into a full function AIS display with TCPA and CPA alarms!

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Digital Dog in New Bedford, MA

The Digital Yacht team are spending some time in New England this week building a network of specialist resellers and have set up SK Marine Electronics as a partner and dealer.  SK, headed up by Scott Kreutzberg, offer specialist and professional marine electronics advice and installation and they will now be including Digital Yacht products in their innovative, custom install proposals.  They are already broadcasting AIS data thanks to AISNET and can now provide wireless internet and iPad navigation solutions too.

Whilst it was good to meet the whole two legged team, the award has to go to the most attentive four legged partner who has now been nominated “Digital Dog” status.  Digital bones enroute shortly as a reward!  This isn’t the first Digital Dog we found on our tour – more news and pics coming soon.

Bark to 508 965 4550 or visit SK Marine Electronics at http://www.skmarineelectronics.com



Digital Yacht launch GPS150 USB DualNav GPS/GLONASS sensor for PCs and MACs

Digital Yacht launch GPS150 USB DualNav GPS/GLONASS sensor for PCs and MACs

Digital Yacht has introduced a new variant of their DualNav GPS and GLONASS positioning sensor which utilises a USB interface for both data and power allowing direct connection to a PC or MAC.  Called the GPS150USB, it’s designed for a growing group of boat owners who use a PC or MAC for electronic charting and navigation rather than a traditional plotter. There’s now a great selection of navigation software available including Digital Yacht’s SmarterTrack program which can utilise popular Navionic’s charts.  It’s also ideal for use by charter skippers who want a self-contained, plug ‘n’ sail navigation solution.

DualNav is Digital Yacht’s proprietary technology which utilises GPS and the Russian funded GLONASS satellite systems for enhanced positioning.  GLONASS is now global and operational 24 hours per day and like GPS, is free to use. By combining the signal from the two satellite systems you’ll get double reliability and also sub 1m accuracy from this new HD positioning sensor.  The sensor can also be programmed to output data at 10Hz for smoother chart positioning and enhanced course and speed updates.  It’s self-powered from the computers USB port which makes installation easy with no additional power required.  With a sensitive 50 channel receiver design, it will work below decks on GRP boats and comes with a 5m cable for direct connection to the PC or MAC.  Drivers are supplied for both operating systems.  The GPS150USB is available now and is priced at £165 plus vat.

Further details from Digital Yacht TEL 01179 55474 or visit http://www.digitalyacht.co.uk


Digital Yacht is a UK based manufacturer of specialist marine electronics. We produce a range of innovative products including AIS receivers and
transponders, WiFi servers for on board NMEA data, long range WiFi internet devices and a range of sensors including GPS and electronic compasses. Digital Yacht won the prestigious METS DAME Electronic Product Award for iAIS as well as the NMEA Technology Award for BOATraNet in 2011.  The GPS150 (traditional NMEA version of the GPS150USB) was nominated for a DAME award at this year’s 2013 exhibition in November

NavLink Ireland App – Happy St Patrick’s Day

Just a reminder that our lovely new charting and navigation app called NavLink UK for the iPhone and iPad includes detailed charts covering Ireland.  You buy it direct from the app store and it includes detailed charts of the whole of the UK and Ireland.  Features real time navigation capability, routes, tracks and waypoints plus support for all our wireless products for AIS data overlays and more.  Just £19.99 – Get it from here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/navlink-uk/id775979776?mt=8

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Happy St Patrick’s Day