Anyone that has driven a boat before knows that docking is definitely the most difficult and stressful task when it comes to your experience on the water. When docking, there are a whole host of things to take into account. You need to be aware of the speed of your vessel, the angle at which you are approaching the dock, the safety of your vessel, and most importantly, avoiding contact with the dock, just to name a few. You want to dock your boat as safely as possible, and there are so many factors to consider that it quickly becomes overwhelming.
Oftentimes, docking your boat can become stressful quite quickly, regardless if you are alone on the vessel, or if there are other passengers. If you are by yourself, you do not have anyone to assist you in the docking process, which leads to a high-pressure situation. Usually, when boating with others, passengers are eager to help when it comes to docking, but it can quickly become a tense situation filled with insults and arguments. When tempers flare, it doesn’t help the docking situation at all. Ever heard the phrase, “I’m sorry what I said while docking?” This is where it comes from.
The good news is that there is an effective way to simplify your docking process. In order to eliminate the stress of docking altogether, boat owners are turning to Dockmate®. Dockmate® is a handheld remote control that assists boat owners in docking their vessels easily and safely. The technology that is used allows for a stress-free docking experience. Boat owners are able to fully control their vessels from the palm of their hands. With Dockmate® they are able to leave the helm when docking to get a better look at the surroundings, all while remaining in complete control of the boat’s movement.
Dockmate® is essential for relieving a stressful docking situation. With the technology that is used, paired with it’s easy to use design, Dockmate® helps boat owners maintain complete control of their vessel while maneuvering in any marina. This handheld device takes all of the drama out of docking. Boat owners that choose to dock with Dockmate® are immediately experiencing the Dockmate Advantage. Here are the biggest benefits of docking with Dockmate®:
- Communication – Dockmate® uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, a highly reliable TWO-WAY transmission system. FHSS technology has evolved over the years and is widely used for cell phones, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi devices.
- Customization – The DockControl software used offers remote control customizability. The DockControl software offers customers an off-the-shelf remote control solution that can be tailored to the real-world capabilities of their vessel and their own boating style.
- Proportional engine throttle – Dockmate® can offer fully proportional throttle with the Twist 3-axis joystick transmitters, and not just idle speed propulsion. The system integrates fluidly with engine control systems from Glendinning.
- Proportional thrusters – Dockmate® can also offer fully proportional throttle with systems from Side-Power and VETUS. The DockControl software can be programmed to safely “walk the boat” sideways towards the dock by programming the engine transmissions and throttle combined with the bow thruster.
If you are interested in learning more about how Dockmate® can upgrade your docking experience, speak to the professionals at MPI. We are happy to provide information on how Dockmate® and the DockControl software system can be easily integrated into your vessel. Your time out on the water should be enjoyable, even when docking. MPI can install Dockmate® onto your vessel so that you’ll never again have to utter the words “I’m sorry what I said while docking.”