Remote Control for your Boat - The next best thing to a radio-controlled boat

Friday, June 28, 2013

These new electronic remote controls allow you to roam the boat as you supervise the docking process. This means you can run the boat, work the lines, and never need to yell at the crew.

If you have ever wanted to be in two places at once, chances are it was as you single-handedly maneuvered your boat into a tight dockage. If this sounds familiar, we may have the solution to your dilemma of being at the helm, as well as various other points on the boat to supervise lines coming aboard.

The answer is a remote control module. While you can't yet convert your boat to radio control unless you have Bill Gate's disposable income, this may be the next best thing. The basics are simple: a hand held unit which contains controls for the thruster and throttles. The wireless design allows you to freely roam the boat while remaining in control.

We'll now take a closer look at Yacht Controller. The Yacht Controller is a wireless unit which can be worn on the wrist or hung around the neck, incorporating the controls for the thrusters, throttles, and anchor windlass.

Once installed, the unit provides full control of these functions from virtually any point on the boat. The system is designed to work in an area equivalent to the size of the boat. The boat's controls will instantly override the Yacht Controller, and in the event of a unit failure, the Yacht Controller will go into a safe or neutral mode. Additionally, each Yacht Controller is configured for use on a specific vessel, thus negating the effects of another Yacht Controller on a nearby vessel.

The system allows a user to be at the bow or stern, monitoring the approach to a dock, while remaining in full control of the vessel. If used at a mooring, the ability to activate the windlass greatly enhances the ability of one person to get even a large vessel anchored or underway all on their own. It is also useful when supervising crew or passengers assisting in the docking process, as it avoids the need to yell instructions, which is all by itself a huge improvement in the docking process.