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Man has been docking boats the same way for thousands of years. people have been facing the same hassles tying up and protecting their boats; bow lines, stern lines, spring lines, bumpers, fenders… and with all this gear, nothing much has really changed. one would think that there would be a better way. finally… slidemoor slidemoor is a boat docking system that brings together many of the advantages of a floating dock with the appeal of a traditional fixed dock. the system makes docking safer and easier while mitigating the risks associated with tidal change, wind, and wave activity. this simple yet ef­fective system secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on  one side only . slidemoor takes the guesswork out of tying up your boat, solving many of the docking and mooring issues encountered by boaters. hold your boat tight to your dock with only two lines, slidemoor boat docking system.

The Benefits of SlideMoor

SlideMoor truly is a 24/7 peace of mind boat docking system. No slack, no bumping, no banging, and with a built in bumper, it is the easiest, quickest, and most effective docking system on the market!

When you’re docking your beautiful baby after a nice day on the water you want to be sure that it is perfectly safe. The SlideMoor system ensures that your boat will rise up and down with the tides as well as heavy winds and even larger than normal storm surge.

Slidemoor is a boat docking system that brings together many of the advantages of a floating dock with the appeal of a traditional fixed dock. the system makes docking safer and easier while mitigating the risks associated with tidal change, wind, and wave activity. this simple yet ef­fective system secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on one side only. slidemoor takes the guesswork out of tying up your boat, solving many of the docking and mooring issues encountered by boaters. below are some videos to show you exactly how the system works..

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SlideMoor can be used on lakes, rivers, bays, canals, and most other waterways. We have sold thousands of systems and are in over 26 countries. SlideMoor accommodates both motorboats and sailboats and works on boats up to 90 feet and well over 160,000 pounds.

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If you have any questions, we have a SlideMoor specialist ready to talk with you! Call us at (239) 263-7044 or email at [email protected] Some ask, “Is SlideMoor right for me?”;In most instances, the answer is “Yes!”

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Want to know how much your boat can rock? Give us a call. We also have a team of boating and docking experts on hand to answer any of the questions that you may have. If you would like to talk to one of our SlideMoor specialists, feel free to use the Contact Us form or call us at (239) 263-7044. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Volvo Penta launches industry’s first fully integrated Assisted Docking System at CES

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Volvo Penta today announced the commercial availability of the industry’s first fully integrated Assisted Docking system against the backdrop of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Assisted Docking system gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables, such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course. The technology will be on display at Volvo Penta’s virtual booth at CES from 11-14 January 2021.

Docking can be one of the most stressful and challenging aspects of boating – even for experienced captains. The consequences of getting it wrong when you are docking a boat are expensive, at best – and that is in fair weather. Add crowded marinas, strong winds, and rough currents and the outcome can be problematic and even quite dangerous.

Unlike a car, a boat never stands still without some maneuvering required. And moving in a straight line, into a narrow berth in foul weather is much more difficult than steering the wheel of a car. But Volvo Penta has now taken its joystick-docking technology and easy boating solutions to the next level in its continued efforts to make docking a less stressful endeavor.

The Assisted Docking system integrates a software layer developed in house with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System and proprietary Inboard Performance Systems (IPS) for a complete package including HMI (human-machine interface) at the helm, electronics via the engine, propulsion systems and sensors, and advanced navigation processing power for a much easier boating experience, even in rough conditions.

“When we launched our joystick technology in 2006, the maneuvering and control functionality it brought to leisure boating shook up the marine industry - delivering game-changing innovation is in our DNA,” explains Anders Thorin, Product Manager Electronics at Volvo Penta.

“From our Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) system, which connects and manages the internal communications between the engine and driveline, joystick and display screen so the driver can control everything from the joystick – to our Dynamic Positioning System (DPS), which automatically maintains a boat’s heading and position, even in rough conditions – to today with the release of the Assisted Docking system, we take the next step in easy boating and continue our long-held ambition to make docking a boat easier for a more enjoyable boating experience.”

How to dock a boat with Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system The Assisted Docking system consists of the joystick that controls the steering input and the GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System antenna to know the exact position and heading. The captain maneuvers the vessel with the joystick – thereby informing the system which direction it should head in and at what speed.

If you move the joystick forward, the system lays out a path straight forward from the boat and the boat starts to follow a straight line with the indicated speed. The boat docking system also takes into account certain external forces (i.e. wind, current) and the EVC system – upgraded with in-house developed software – compensates to ensure the boat follows the captain’s intentions.

It does this by calculating drive angles and thrust, then acts on the drift and moves the boat back to its intended course. The boat docking system keeps this course by constantly fine-tuning the steering angles and thrust.

The main features of the boat docking system are: moving in straight lines without manual compensation, standing still, slow maneuvering functionality, rotating around a fixed point, micro re-positioning and alignment, and side push for sideways docking.

It is a technical feat to give the driver an easier boating experience with more precise steering and control. The captain is still needed at the helm, but Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system is constantly compensating for engine input and engine and drive output to help ensure the boat moves as he or she intends. Everything is designed to work together. It is human-machine interaction at its best.

“Assisted Docking is a hybrid between automated docking and manual docking,” says Ida Sparrefors, Director of Autonomous Solutions and New Business Models at Volvo Penta. “Even though, in some ways, it would have been easier to implement full automation, the beauty of this system is that it gives the captain enhanced control. With our team of experts - from software developers to test drivers - we have made it behave intuitively in all situations, so that anyone can feel like a seasoned captain.”

Upgrades made easy Volvo Penta’s ‘Easy Boating’ philosophy is to make boating simpler, enjoyable and accessible to more people. The Assisted Docking system will be available in spring 2021 for installation on new boat models, as an upgradeable option for Volvo Penta IPS-equipped motor yachts sized 35ft to 120ft long, and as a retrofit – which will require a software upgrade and new antenna – for existing Volvo Penta IPS-powered boats.  The Assisted Docking system will be sold directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers.

“Our aim has long been to make things easier for our existing customers and to attract more people to enjoy the boating experience,” says Thorin. “Current Volvo Penta customers will be able to enjoy the Assisted Docking system with a relatively simple update, which can be performed by a local dealer. For those new to boating, it will be the first step into the world of modern boating and, we hope, the first of many new adventures to come.”

In-house R&D In 2018, the company unveiled its self-docking yacht prototype via a live demo event at the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since then, Volvo Penta has been working tirelessly gathering input from key stakeholders and customers, evolving and testing the concept with its research and development team to deliver a product that would best meet the needs of both the experienced boater and those new to the pastime. This led to the development of Assisted Docking, the next step in modern, easy boating.

“We are really in a unique position at Volvo Penta,” explains Thorin. “Most specialist technology R&D requires only external input, but we have a team of software developers in-house. They know the products – in fact, they helped design the DPS and more – they know what boaters want and they know how to integrate the software to deliver the perfect experience.”

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Understanding Yacht Docking Systems

Docking a yacht can be one of the more nerve-wracking aspects of boating, especially for new owners. Fortunately, advancements in technology have vastly improved docking systems, making the process smoother and more manageable. These systems typically involve a combination of thrusters, sensors, and controls designed to assist with precision movements in tight spaces.

With the touch of a button, even novice boaters can guide their vessels into slips with confidence. The technology not only helps prevent potential damage to your yacht but also to the marina and surrounding boats. This peace of mind makes the investment in a good docking system worthwhile.

Key Components of Modern Docking Systems

At the core of modern docking systems are several key components that work in harmony:

  • Joystick Control: Allows for intuitive control of the yacht’s movement in any direction, including sideways motion, which is particularly handy in marinas.
  • Integrated Propulsion Systems: Configurations that connect engines, thrusters, and navigation systems, providing cohesive and coordinated maneuvering.
  • Dynamic Positioning: Uses GPS technology to maintain the boat’s position against winds, waves, and current without anchoring.

These features empower skippers to handle their vessels with a precision that was previously unachievable.

The Role of Automation in Docking

Automation is playing an increasingly significant role in modern yacht docking systems. Automated features include:

  • Auto-Docking: Simplifies the docking process by automatically controlling the boat’s movements to ensure it safely reaches and fits into the docking space.
  • Remote Monitoring: Allows for controlling and monitoring the position and docking process from a distance, which can be especially useful in unforeseen circumstances.

Such automation not only enhances safety but also significantly reduces the stress associated with manual docking.

Choosing the Right Docking System for Your Yacht

When considering a docking system, it’s important to evaluate several factors:

  • Compatibility: Ensure the system is compatible with your yacht’s size and model.
  • Usability: Systems should be easy to operate, even for less experienced boaters.
  • Reliability: Opt for systems with robust support and service networks.

Investing in the right docking system can dramatically change your yachting experience, turning a potentially stressful maneuver into a straightforward task.

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Navigating through the complexities of yacht docking systems can be challenging, but choosing the right partner for your yachting needs can make all the difference. At Fly Yachts, we specialize in matching yacht owners with the perfect systems that will enhance their boating experiences and offer peace of mind, both at sea and in the harbor. Reach out to us to explore how we can assist in optimizing your yacht’s docking capabilities.

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An earnest crosswind piped across the waters off Florida’s Virginia Key, where the Miami International Boat Show was well underway. Victor Avila, Dockmate’s chief technical specialist, handed me a Dockmate wireless device and control of the Topaz 27 center-console—in clear view of several thousand spectators. As a lifelong sailor who’s shy about docking powerboats, I felt mild trepidation, but the system was so intuitive that I quickly got comfortable spinning circles and performing other maneuvers using the controller and, through it, the Topaz’s single screw and bow and stern thrusters.

Crosswinds, currents and skinny margins for error: At its brightest hour, docking is an art form. At its darkest, it’s a public shaming that so often comes with a memorable yard bill or marriage counseling (or, worse still, the hat trick). I had to agree that while wireless vessel controls aren’t mandatory safety equipment, they do make docking easier, safer and more intuitive.

At their core, today’s ­vessel-control systems, including Dockmate and Yacht Controller, consist of a wireless transmitter (the controller), a black-box receiver and a set of connecting cables. This hardware runs on sophisticated software that typically integrates directly with existing engine controls to deliver handheld wireless command of the yacht, so long as the transmitter is within range of the receiver. While each system differs, most wireless ones give operators command over the yacht’s engines or pod drives, bow and stern thrusters, anchor windlass, and horn. Additionally, some systems allow users to control peripheral devices such as passerelles or swimplatform elevators.

“The chief benefit is that boaters [can] leave the helm and have a closer look and still be in control with a transmitter that gives the same response and feel as [their] wired controls,” says Brian Sheehan, Dockmate’s spokesperson. “This is important in tight quarters.”

These systems can deliver fine motor control over a boat, allowing operators to slot a vessel into its berth smoothly, while freeing them to assist with docking duties.

“These aren’t cars: We’ve got wind and tide, and we’re always moving,” says Jerry Berton, president of The Yacht Group, which manufacturers the Yacht Controller. “Yacht Controller enables you to move the boat in any direction in as little as 1 inch at a time.”

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A device’s interface controls typically include buttons, joysticks and/or levers, with joysticks being the newest and most intuitive version. User commands are transmitted to the system’s black-box ­receiver via one or more radio ­frequencies. In turn, the system’s receiver shares the commands with the vessel’s engines and systems.

“We’ve designed cables that are very similar to the manufacturers’ [cables], but we added a Y-splitter cable,” Sheehan says. “One line goes to [the vessel’s] existing controls, and one line goes to our receiver, and [our system] takes it from there, using analog modules and CAN bus interfaces.”

A new system being able to connect to a vessel’s existing controls is key.

“Manufacturers have spent fortunes making electronic processors that control the engines and throttles, and we do not want to bypass these,” Berton says.

Safety is paramount any time mission-critical commands are transmitted over radio frequencies, especially in crowded marinas with competing RF signals. Dockmate operates on the 433 megahertz frequency over five different channels using a military-grade, frequency-­hopping spread spectrum system, and each Dockmate transmitter is coded to match its receiver (think automotive fobs). Conversely, Yacht Controller is a dual-band system alternating between the 433 MHz and 916 MHz frequencies, and derivations thereof, every one-sixteenth of a second.

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While their frequencies and features differ, wireless vessel-control systems work with most single- and twin-screw inboards, as well as pod-style drives and some outboards. Also, these systems generally use incremental throttle controls for inboards, but proportional controls are available for yachts with pod-style drives and/or proportional thrusters.

Engine type aside, wireless vessel control systems untether operators from the helm, allowing them to put eyeballs on the right bits of brine. While this ability adds utility and safety, these systems have narrowly defined onboard roles. ¶ “It’s only for docking,” says Sheehan, adding that the system is also useful for performing other low-speed, high-precision maneuvers such as anchoring, retrieving a man overboard, collecting crab traps or helping an angler land a pelagic prize. “We purposefully dialed back the rpm to a maximum of 30 percent of the engine’s capacity to keep boaters from using it for other means.”

Such authority settings can sometimes be custom-configured, however, Berton offers a cautionary note: “When you start going 5 knots [in a marina], your chances of accidents are high. The majority of the time, you’re going less than 5 knots.”

As with any crucial system, these require yacht owners to set up a sea trial to familiarize themselves and to identify vessel-specific customizations. For example, Sheehan says, Dockmate ­installers can dial down the bow thruster rpm to match the vessel’s stern thruster or modify the throttle governor.

Overall, yacht owners can expect far less ­stressful docking and easier close-quarters maneuvering—and, potentially, the ­ability to do short- or singlehanded cruising.

“People can run their boat, and they can tie it up by themselves,” Berton says. “This allows them to enjoy boating without grief, and it can be a marriage saver.”

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When using a Dockmate® remote, that was charged to 100%, it takes up to 3 hours of constant use (remote actively communicating with the Receiver) to deplete the battery. This translates to a few very difficult and/or long docking manoeuvres, or lasts at least 15 docking manoeuvres of approximately 10 minutes.

During our test charging a Dockmate® remote from empty to completely full takes up to 3 hours. In practice we’ve observed a typical charging time for a Dockmate® remote of 20 to 40 min. For boaters using our latest Dockmate® Cradle, their Dockmate® remote is virtually always charged up and ready for use.

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Boeing-NASA Starliner mission to use docking system from Moog of WNY to link with ISS

T here are now two more American astronauts in space after the successful launch Wednesday morning of the Boeing Starliner space capsule. 

It is another private venture collaboration with NASA for another crewed space vehicle. 

2 On Your Side discovered it is also another opportunity for a Western New York-based aerospace company and its workers to show their technological skills.

While the Wednesday morning liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral Station may seem like the highlight, especially after many frustrating delays for Boeing, the actual upcoming docking set for Thursday with the space station for this first ever crewed flight of the Starliner capsule is just as exciting for some.  

Steve Stich, who is manager of NASA's Crew Program, told reporters after the launch that "we're all set up for docking tomorrow at 12:15 Eastern for the docking time and we're looking forward  to that."

And with all the spacecraft checks underway Wednesday, the focus is on the equipment to actually connect the capsule and the International Space Station so the two veteran astronauts can join others already aboard the ISS.

Stich pointed out, "We will check out the NASA docking system and extend that ring and check it out today."

Parts of that docking equipment are actually from Moog of Elma with its already well established Space and Defense group. 

In this case Moog engineers, technicians, and workers designed and produced the Linear Actuation System as part of a soft capture maneuver for an autonomous or independent control docking operation.

The company's website indicates this Moog system is also being updated for Deep Space conditions as part of the upcoming Artemis return to the Moon Missions to allow astronauts to transfer between craft in the Moon's orbit for their actual lunar landings   

Of course Moog also makes other actuation or precise movement control devices for launch vehicles, just as it did in the 1960s NASA Saturn Apollo moon landings. 

But for now, in orbit for the Starliner astronauts and space station crew, a NASA Associate Administer said, "I sent a note to the International Space Station team, and I said, 'Hey, you know turn the porch lights on, print out the Wi-Fi password, and set the table for two more for dinner. So we got a couple people coming to visit, and it's just an awesome mission."

The man and woman astronaut crew aboard the Starliner are again expected to dock tomorrow with the ISS, and then spend about a week with other astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station before returning to Earth. 

So the Boeing Starliner is designed to be another space ferry ship like the Space X Crew Dragon and Moog is naturally involved with this Boeing space project. 

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