Alternative to expensive remote control for sport yachts

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by Carpediem44DB, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Working on a plan to do just that. Want to see what interest there may be in the product before I invest too much in it. Not looking to build an empire, just having some fun enhancing the yachting experience. Gotta be safe though for sure.
     
  2. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

    442
    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    What happens if the remote looses connection with the boat? Does everything fail to neutral?
     
  3. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Yes. The receiver has relays for each channel that are programmed to operate as normally open-momentary switches. If the transmitter loses communication with the receiver it will be the same as releasing the switch.
     
  4. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

    442
    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    How would it work without electronic shifters? Mine are hydraulic. I would assume i would need to install actuators of some type no?
     
  5. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    If your drive control levers on the bridge simply activate electric micro switches they likely they operate electro/hydraulic solenoids on the drives. This system simply parallels the microswitches and will operate your drives and thruster.
    Feel free to PM me to get into the details of the installation and operation.
    Cheers
     
  6. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Active Member

    105
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 sundancer
    twin Cummins 430 hp
    Looks great!

    What is the cost?
     
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    My boat is a '98 and has solid cables to the transmissions...
     
  8. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    That’s a bigger problem to solve. I’m not ready to figure out a better mouse trap for the manual systems. Could probably sell the hell out of it though.
    Cheers
     
  9. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Thanks for the Interest in the remote system all. Please PM me for costs and specific application questions. Just did some tweaking to remove some bugs
    Cheers
     
  10. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    A topic I have done quite a bit of research on.

    When I get a chance will post findings and experience.

    Short note - "how" the system connects makes a lot of difference.
     
  11. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    Very cool system. I can see where it would be extremely useful, especially for fly-bridge boats with poor sight lines to the corners. I curious whether you ever considered incorporating stern thruster buttons on your remote in case a boat owner with that feature wanted your device.
     
  12. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Rusty - great video. I have a Captain Controller on Reward and I couldn't live without it because of my aft sunshade over the cockpit - I have no visibility backing in the slip from the helm. Susan learned from Mrs. Sea Gull that it's called a "Marriage Saver"...FrankW makes fun of me (he calls it my "Game Boy") - I just think he is jealous!!!

    As an aside, mine also has windlass controls which can be valuable as well...
     
  13. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    250
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine E120 radar chart plotter GPS autopilot
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I figured some might want a stearn thruster option and I will be incorporating that ability once I know there is a market for them. The controller has room a couple more channels. My interest is to keep it simple and affordable. If one needs to control multiple systems I’d refer them to the Yacht Controller.
    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
  14. Bop

    Bop Active Member

    250
    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    Great job. Definitely a useful feature on bridge boats or one person operation for docking.
     

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