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Old 07-29-2016, 03:25 PM   #21
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Yacht Controller is a widely used system.

Yacht Controller - Wireless Remote Control of Your Yacht

Less widely know is Ship Controller

http://www.shipcontroller.com/

And one I'm not familiar with but know many builders use is Docking Master.

http://www.dockingmaster.com/index.php
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:15 PM   #22
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Wow, those are some fancy systems.

I have a joystick control but I Rarely use it. I learned how to handle boats using the shifters, and did not want to lose that skill by relying on a joystick.

One of the concerns I have with these joysticks, is brokers are selling these large boats to Inexperienced people who can write a check, but have very minimal skills.
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No cost beer? You left out the most important loss!! Your priorities are questionable!



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Last time I did this I almost ran over a sand bar and spilt my beer trying to hustle back down to the helm,
Cost:

Deck chair (actually just a bag chair)-- $10

Raymarine wireless smartcontroller with depth for autopilot-- $487

The ability to say I have a flybridge-- priceless!
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:43 PM   #24
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Wow, those are some fancy systems.

I have a joystick control but I Rarely use it. I learned how to handle boats using the shifters, and did not want to lose that skill by relying on a joystick.

One of the concerns I have with these joysticks, is brokers are selling these large boats to Inexperienced people who can write a check, but have very minimal skills.
Yes, and they don't keep them from running aground in the ICW or having other issues. Here's the logic being tossed out:

1-The only hard part of boating is docking.
2-These make docking easy.
3-Therefore you can do it all easily.

When the truth is docking is a small part of it, just the part that scares newcomers, and you jump in without experience, you will have a long learning curve. The people who make it look easy have thousands of days doing it.

That said, we have and use joysticks. We can do it without, but we don't choose to ignore tools we have.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:45 PM   #25
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No cost beer? You left out the most important loss!! Your priorities are questionable!

Wifey B: Our beer cost for the loop is $0. Not discussing other costs.
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No cost beer? You left out the most important loss!! Your priorities are questionable!


Damn, busted. My accounting sucks.

I think this is what I was drinking. 😳

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Old 07-31-2016, 01:06 PM   #27
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Tom Fexas on his Midnight Lace series did my dream style

A Bow Cockpit , upholstered with minor electronics and Auto Pilot controlls.

Far Fwd there should only be the noise from the bow wave .
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Tom Fexas on his Midnight Lace series did my dream style

A Bow Cockpit , upholstered with minor electronics and Auto Pilot controlls.

Far Fwd there should only be the noise from the bow wave .

Absolutely agree. One of my favorites for exactly that reason. On full plane that has to be an awesome ride.
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I have decided that I do not really need or want a flybridge most of the time, but occasionally, it would come in handy.
If I should end up purchasing a trawler with a flybridge ..... no problem. I can use it or not, at my discretion.
If I end up with a boat without flybridge, I would like to be able to climb up on the roof of the pilothouse when really needed (eg., coral heads in the Bahamas / rocky passages in Georgian Bay and the North Channel) and still have full control. I know I can use the autopilot remote for steerage, but does anyone have a good suggestion for remote control of the engine and bow thruster?

I have this romantic notion of a very comfortable lounging chair up there, with big umbrella, and me with a tall drink in one hand, non-alcoholic of course, and a control unit in the other. Perhaps even a modern version of the crows nest?

Can it be done, this side of a million dollars?
Get out your checkbook and buy yourself a Ranger Tug. Their largest model (I think it's a 31 but it might be a 34) has a collapsible flybridge. The idea is that it can be trailered without height restrictions but it could be left collapsed while on the water as well. And you can get under lower bridges without an opening.

Problem solved!
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.............Can it be done, this side of a million dollars?
Possible you look for this, i also know that Vetus has a "Fly by Wire" system.

Mathers MicroCommander electronic marine engine controls for pleasurecraft, yachts, and small commercial vessels
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Get out your checkbook and buy yourself a Ranger Tug.
Yes, I guess that would be this side of a million bucks!
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Thanks Reiziger: - so there are more than a few options out there.
- shipcontroller
- astel-marine
- dockingmaster
- Vetus
- Mathers Micro controller

As Keysdisease pointed out, the first problem is the electronic to mechanical interface, but it obviously can be done.
I may yet end up with a boat that has a full flybridge anyway, but I still like the idea of a separate hand held remote for a solo mariner.
Thanks to all for your contributions!
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I just sold a 57' Navigator two weeks ago. The sellers wife did not like line handling at the dock, and the seller liked the idea of a remote to make it easy. He installed a stern thruster and added a Yacht Controller at a cost of about $12,000.
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......cost of about $12,000.
It depends how a DIY you are, the principal is straitforward. A servo to control the trottle, one to control the gearbox an a electric valve to control the hydraulic steering. Some electronics to control this....

With an electronic engine even more easy, just control the CAN message for trottle position.
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