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Dockmate: Fingertip Docking

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Dockmate allows you to park your boat from anywhere on deck, so you can always see from the best vantage point.

Dockmate is a wireless control system that allows the skipper to control the boat from anyplace on board — helm, bow, stern, midship. About the size of a large cellphone, the wireless controller has a range of 150 feet and allows the user to operate bow and stern thrusters, main engines, even the horn and windlass. Compatible with most electronically controlled engines, the system is available in four models: Single, Twin, Twist 3-axis joystick with proportional control, and Twist IPS for POD drives such as the Volvo IPS.

The compact receiver measures 8.75 x 8.75 x 2.5 inches, allowing for discrete installation, is compatible with both 12- and 24-volt systems with power redundancy for added safety, and sports a modular construction for quick customization and installation of additional control modules.

Watch the video to see Dockmate in action.

Dockmate is the only wireless control currently on the market that features Frequency Hopping Spectrum System (FHSS), a two-way, five channel wireless technology that spreads the signal over rapidly changing frequencies to prevent interference from other radio transmitting devices (e.g., cellphones, walkie-talkies) and is difficult to intercept. It has a range of 150 feet.

This is a pretty cool gadget that’s likely to prove popular for the larger boat owner and remove some of the stress from docking, but we tested one out on a 24-footer and came away impressed with being liberated from the helm while docking. A five-function Dockmate system (two engines, thruster, anchor, and horn) has a suggested retail price of $6,800. Dockmate.us

Mark Corke

Contributing Editor, BoatUS Magazine