Next Generation Instrument Solution From Digital Yacht & Seamantec

Here’s a new solution for next generation instrumentation on your boat.  When we designed WindSense, our wireless wind system, we thought most users would utilise mobile devices like iPhones and tablets as a display but it turns out many users also wanted to integrate into a PC system – this makes sense as you can have a large format screen at the chart table or below deck and use mobile devices around the yacht.

Our SmarterTrack chart navigation software provides nice large digital displays of instrument data (as below) so this was one solution but it is primarily designed for chart navigation, AIS, routing and real time nav.  Its worth noting it uses Navionics charting and a unique feature is that traditional chart data stored on Navionics cartridges as used in many chart plotters can be utilised with SmarterTrack too – saving the data on the PC hard drive and minimising charting costs.

SmarterTrack New Instrument Displays

Looking for other solutions we discovered Seamantec and their EDO PC based instrument system.  It can read data from any of Digital Yacht’s wireless NMEA interfaces and also directly from iKommunicate, the NMEA 2000 and 0183 gateway.  It also works with any of our NMEA 0183 sensors.  The display screen is easily configurable for just about any configuration – move the instruments around, choose from analogue or digital format and select “pages” of instrument information to suit exactly what you want and when.  There’s even a mini AIS plotter display

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Another neat feature is the Seamantec back ground can be turned off so you’re just left with an instrument display which can be floated over another program – you can see below Seamantec instruments overlaid on top of SmarterTrack.  You can also stack windows side by side just as with any Windows program and take advantage of a big PC screen.

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Things get really exciting for the racing sailor with Seamantec offering really sophisticated wind displays and the ability to display and calculate boat polar tables like the screen shot below shows

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Plus there’s logging and recording of NMEA data, voice alarms, a logbook and lots of real time performance analysis.

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So we’re impressed and are offering a bundle of our Aqua Compact Pro PC, iKommunicate and SmaretrTrack plus Seamantec EDO software preinstalled at a special bundle price of $1595.00 – just add monitor, mouse and keyboard and you’ve a powerful navigation and instrument system for any exiting NMEA 0183/2000 network.  Drop us a mail to for more information

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Next generation instrumentation from Digital Yacht


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.

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2015 front cover

Portable Navigation Solutions from Digital Yacht

Digital Yacht have some great solutions for boat captains and skippers wanting a portable solution for their on board navigation.  This doesn’t just appeal to charter users but also to commercial and superyacht captains, delivery skippers and pilots who may find themselves on a vessel with an unfamiliar or inadequate navigation solution.

If you have an iPhone or iPad then our NavLink app is a great low cost solution.  UK (NavLink UK) and US (NavLink US) detailed charting is included based on official charts with in app purchases available for Canada, France, Holland and Germany.  More are coming too.

IPAD AIR MONTAGE TRANSPARENTNavLink can also connect to a boat’s navigation system with any one of our Wireless data servers – details HERE.  This allows AIS and GPS data from the on board equipment to be used by the app.  While not strictly a portable solution, it takes just a few minutes to install so may by a neat add on for a semi-permanent installation.

Commercial users navigating on ships equipped with a Class A AIS transponder (and that’s every vessel over 300GRT) can utilise our PilotLink portable wireless inteface – details HERE

pilotlink handheldThis is battery powered and allows AIS and GPS data to be streamed to up to 6 mobile devices – PCs, MACs, iPads or tablets and is compatible with a huge variety of applications line iNavX, iSailor, NavLink, iAIS etc.  Perfect for the professional pilot or commercial captain.

Using a notebook PC for navigation remains a favourite and the new Digital Yacht Smarter Track Express Package brings a plug ‘n play USB DualNav sensor with software to turn your PC into a sophisticated plotter.  There’s more information HERE

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SmarterTrack uses Navionic’s charting which is available with global coverage making it the ideal solution for charter and delivery skippers.  The same Navionic’s SD cards can be utilised within traditional plotters too offering further advantages and value.   Download a presentation on the software from SMARTERTRACK EXPRESS PRESENTATION

Finally, if you’re a MacBook fan, NavLink is now available for Mac too – just download from the MacApp store and convert your MacBook into a large screen plotter


Great portable navigation solutions from Digital Yacht

Navigation with a PC for boats and yachts – an update

Back in July 2013, we published an update on using a PC for navigation and the do’s and don’ts.  You can read it HERE.

But… Technology moves on and there’s now an even more compelling reason to add a PC to your boat’s navigation and communication system and that is amazing value – none of us want to burn money but we also want the best in performance so read on to find out how!  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.  It also offers more powerful functionality with the ability to install software  for lots of applications.


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Any PC can easily integrate into a marine system using NMEA adaptors like the USB-NMEA product from Digital Yacht which allows connectivity to a GPS, instrument or AIS system – details HERE.  For around $60 you get boat NMEA navigation data into your PC (or MAC) and can choose from a variety of software apps to suit your needs.  But a normal note book or PC has a limited life expectancy on board.  Salty air especially with a fan that sucks air into the unit plus vibration guarantee an early funeral and that’s why Digital Yacht developed Adapt PCs – fanless, rugged and ultra low power consumption marine processors with the latest generation of Intel chips and super fast processing.  Just click on the image below to learn more


While hardware is an important element,the application (software in old speak) makes the system work and SmarterTrack 2015  electronic chart plotting software from Digital Yacht brings a new dimension with:

  • Navionic’s compatability – save your cartridge data onto the PC hard drive for chart sharing between PC and plotter – no extra charting costs.  Navionic’s is used by lots of the big brand of plotters like Lowrance, Raymarine, Simrad and B&G
  • The best AIS displays – colour coded targets and CPA and TCPA alarms
  • Waypoint and route transfer to a plotter
  • Animated weather overlays
  • Autopilot control
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 integration and instruments displays
  • Super fast, easy operation plus lots, lots more

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To find out more about using SmarterTrack on board, watch the videos below

SmarterTrack 2015 Now Shipping

Lenovo Tablet with SmarterTrack

A new version of our popular Windows Navigation Software SmarterTrack 2015 has now been released.

With added support for the powerful TheyR weather service, full compatibility with the latest Windows 8 Tablets (using the tablets internal GPS) and other smaller updates and improvements, SmarterTrack 2015 is the perfect navigation software for anyone with an existing Navionics based chart plotter.

Users can copy their existing chart cartridges to the PC’s hard drive (free of charge) and avoid having to buy a duplicate set of charts or have the cartridge permanently plugged in to the PC, which is so often the case with other PC navigation software. Routes and Waypoints created on SmarterTrack can be copied to the chart cartridge and then loaded in to the dedicated chart plotter.

SmarterTrack 2015 costs £250+VAT and existing users can update for £25+VAT. A demo version of SmarterTrack 2015 is available to download here.

Surface Pro 3 Navigation & Charting

While Microsoft have had a hard time with their Surface tablet product, the latest generation really is a great product and may make a brilliant solution for on board navigation.  With an amazing 2160 x 1440 pixel 12″ screen it’s hands down better than pretty much any chart plotter and its portability means you can use at the chart table, in the cockpit or for planning at home.  It’s also priced like a 5″ plotter


The keyboard is detachable so you can use as a tablet (with touch screen, mouse or stylus) or in a more familiar notebook format which is good at a desk or chart table.  We also wrote about the Lenovo MiiX tablet (a smaller 8″ unit) HERE a few months back but Surface offers a bigger screen and a more powerful Intel based processor for superior performance.

But…  Unlike many tablets, it doesn’t have a built in GPS so until now was not a contender for on board navigation.  However, our WLN series nmea-wireless servers can stream your boat’s NMEA instrument, GPS and AIS data direct to any mobile device including iPads, Android tablets, PCs, MACs and now the Surface Pro.  This is a much better solution even if your tablet has an internal GPS as your on board system will generally be more accurate and have other data like AIS and instruments available.  It alos means the tablet will work below decks and save on tablet battery consumption.

You can of course use our SmarterTrack PC navigation program on a Surface Pro and this works well.  Swedish developer SeaPilot have just launched a FREE app on the Windows store and there’s a large selection of professional charts available to download for a modest cost turning the Surface Pro 3 with a WLN10 into a pretty powerful navigation solution.  Here’s a quick 2 minute video with Jens Johansson from SeaPilot when I caught up with him at Boot 2015