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News: Lewmar introduces radio control for windlass and thruster

April 15, 2010 by john
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Lewmar has introduced a practical, compact, hand-held radio control device that allows full operation of a yachts anchor windlass (winch) or thruster from anywhere on a boat, or in certain cases ashore when mooring Scandinavian style.

Available with three buttons (for windlass operation) or five button (for windlass & thruster), Lewmar’s new radio control makes it easier for an unassisted person to perform tasks, such as anchoring or docking and offers greater visibility during manoeuvres.

The two-piece system includes a hand-held waterproof transmitter and a receiver capable of receiving signals emitted by the transmitter. The transmitter includes switches for controlling the various components of the boat, such as anchor windlass (winch), and/or a thruster.

The receiver 2/4 relay outputs become active when corresponding signals from the transmitter are received. The outputs of the receiver are connected to the existing windlass or thruster control box or solenoid. The receiver outputs are connected in parallel with the conventional controls, so that the radio control can act in addition to, but does not replace, the conventional control system provided with the boat. Additional radio controls can be linked to the system if required.

Ian Stevenson, Lewmar’s Marketing director; “Owners and skippers of boats are familiar with the problems associated with manoeuvring or anchoring a boat. You often find the person operating the controls may not be in the best location to monitor the anchor rode for example. It is therefore usually necessary to seek assistance from another person. But difficulties often occur in communications between the crew and the helm, or persons located elsewhere. Miscommunication, can lead to damage to the vessel, or damage to nearby vessels. It can even cause injury to persons in the vicinity.”

Lewmar’s new, waterproof remote control is easily installed on existing boats that are equipped with control boxes or solenoids, and does not require boats to be modified, other than by connecting the receiver to the electronic controls.

Designers and Surveyors enjoy annual Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) London conference

Over sixty delegates attended the annual Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) London conference this year. President of the association, Richard Ayres, welcomed the delegates to the prestigious event held at the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. This year’s theme focused on yacht design since the 1930’s and the consequent effects on marine surveying. A host of speakers presented a variety of topics throughout the day concluding with an open forum chaired by the established yachting journalist Andrew Simpson, a senior surveyor and member of the YDSA..

Areas discussed included traditional boat building methods with an emphasis on the diversity of modern materials surveyors need to understand. Winter & Co Marine Ltd insurance stressed the importance of surveyor’s expert opinions for valuations. YDSA members are covered under their own PI insurance in the event of any discrepancies. David Johnson of Wessex Resins enthused about adhesives and resins and gave the audience vital tips on how to achieve optimal results. Delegates enjoyed a three course lunch with plenty of lively discussion and networking. After the break yacht designer David Cannell gave an informed presentation on yacht design since the 1930’s. Changes were catalogued in three main groups along with their specific challenges. The conference ended with a lively open forum session, chaired by Andrew Simpson.

Mr Buz White of A.C. White Marine Surveyor, Guernsey commented:

‘All the speakers were passionate about their subjects and had my full attention from beginning to end. There was plenty of expert knowledge to be gained at the conference and good networking opportunities too.’

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