Take the Stress Out of Docking with Dockmate
Boating is a fun, exciting, and often relaxing activity. Except when it comes to docking. Depending on the marina, the size of your boat, and the conditions docking can be an extremely stressful situation.
That’s why many boaters utilize Dockmate. This remote control docking system simplifies the process by giving you the freedom to move around your boat while still maintaining complete control.
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in installing on your boat? Keep reading for everything you need to know about Dockmate.
Why Should You Use Dockmate?
Imagine this scenario: You’re docking at a marina you’ve never been to before and need to manoeuvre your boat into a tight spot. There are expensive boats on either side of you, so any wrong move could damage someone else’s boat, or your own. On top of all this, you’re dealing with 20 km winds.
This may sound like an extreme situation, but any experienced boater knows that you’re bound to encounter a scenario like this every now and then.
Without Dockmate you’d need to rely on your other passengers to guide you in and hope they provide you with the right information. And if you’re alone you might have to make a few educated guesses and hope for the best, especially if you have a larger boat.
Dockmate Simplifies Docking
Once Dockmate is connected you can dock your boat remotely. Through the remote, you’ll be able to control your boat’s engines, pods, thrusters, anchor, and horn.
This allows you to move around your vessel while docking so you can get a better look at your surroundings. Or if you prefer you can even control your boat from the dock. This takes the guesswork out of docking and makes the process much easier.
This state-of-the-art technology includes a number of features you’ll love, including:
- Fully Proportional Throttle and Control: Through their relationships with several electronic engine control manufacturers, Dockmate is able to offer fully proportional throttle and control of both engines and thrusters.
- Customization: Choose any combination of engines, thrusters, and other activations to be controlled by the remote. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the joystick.
- Long Range: The Dockmate remote has a range of 50 metres (165 feet).
- Safety: Each remote includes three alarms to immediately alert you if your connection is lost.
How it Works
Dockmate uses Docklink, a two-way Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) communication. It operates in the 433 MHz FM frequency band and uses a unique set of six channels out of a possible 72 channels, switching from one frequency to another. This occurs six times per second over six different channels, virtually eliminating any chance of interference.
Want to Learn More About Dockmate?
Do you think Dockmate would be a good addition to your boat? Give us a call or visit one of our locations to speak to a Bluewater technician. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a free quote.