New Color Instrument with Supporting Autopilot Control

by admin24. October 2012 14:24

Simrad Yachting - a leader in the design and manufacture of professional-performance marine navigation, autopilots, communications and fish-finding systems - announced its next-generation instrument and autopilot solution - the new Simrad IS40 instrument and OP10 autopilot control range. Designed for power boaters and sailors alike, the Simrad IS40 is a single, fully customizable, "do-it-all" display that offers quick access to critical wind, depth, speed and autopilot information. The optional OP10 Autopilot Controller connects to the IS40 and provides full autopilot integration. Easy to install as a standalone instrument or as part of an integrated system, the Simrad IS40 delivers low-power, high-quality, easy-to-use navigational capabilities at an attractive price.
The Simrad IS40 offers operation, durability, and the largest instrument display in its category for clear and easy viewing. Equipped with a 4.1-inch, quarter-VGA, sunlight-viewable, LED-backlit display with 320 x 240-pixel resolution that is nearly 40-percent larger than competitive products, the instrument's bonded-glass construction ensures zero condensation and provides excellent visibility in all weather and lighting conditions - even at extreme viewing angles. The color instrument display features a simple-to-navigate menu structure, is controlled by three easy-access 'up, down and enter' buttons, and a dedicated 'page' key for quick data selection. Providing unparalleled control, the Simrad IS40 can be linked with an autopilot, allowing boaters to switch from manual steering to auto at the touch of a button. Its Micro-C backbone offers dual male/female connectors that support both daisy chain and 'T' connection for easy installation in any vessel. 
The Simrad OP10 optional Pilot Controller seamlessly interfaces with the IS40 instrument to offer boaters convenient remote access of pilot-steering functions. Featuring large clear keys, straightforward operation and backlighting for night use, the pilot control's interface employs single-mode toggle and includes a prominent 'off' key for returning the pilot to standby. The controller is connected through a single Micro-C connection on the back of the device and sports a unique clip mount for easy installation. It is compatible with the Simrad AP24 and AP28, and it can be networked with the NSS, NSE or NSO multifunction display for remote autopilot operation. When integrated with a Simrad Yachting navigational system, pilot information and control can be accessed and operated from either solution. The OP10 also supports autopilot control for Volvo IPS drives. 
"The Simrad IS40 and OP10 push the boundaries of design innovation to improve the on-the-water experience," said Louis Chemi, COO, Navico Americas. "Whether boaters travel by wind or motor, the new Simrad Yachting instrument and autopilot controller offer unparalleled monitoring, operation and seamless system integration that work in tandem with our best-in-class chartplotters." 
Supporting both Micro-C and Simnet backbones, the Simrad IS40 interfaces with Simrad Yachting and B&G wind, speed, depth and heading sensors, as well as data sources from other manufacturers. Measuring 4.6-inches (118 mm) in width and height by .65-inches (16 mm) in depth, the IS40 requires .75-inches (20 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane. Designed for 12V DC environments, the IS40 draws a scant power range of 50-150mA. The OP10 Pilot Controller measures 2.3-inches (60 mm) in width by 4.5-inches (115 mm) in height by .65-inches (16 mm) in depth, requires .55-inches (14 mm) of depth behind the mounting plane, and draws only 50mA of power. The Simrad IS40 Display and Pilot Controller both operate within a temperature range of +5 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 to +55 degrees Celsius), are waterproof to the IPX7 standard, and they are both protected by a two-year parts and labor warranty. 

Price & Availability: 
The new Simrad IS40 instrument and optional OP10 remote have suggested retail prices of $599 and $299, respectively and will be available in October 2012 from authorized Simrad Yachting dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on the Simrad IS40 Instrument and OP10 Autopilot Controller, or the entire line of Simrad Yachting branded professional-grade marine electronics, please visit www.simrad-yachting.com.

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New Heesen Superyachts

by admin24. October 2012 14:21

Dutch superyacht builders Heesen unveil their new range at the Yacht Club de Monaco. 

Presently, at the Monaco Yacht Show , Heesen directors Fabio Ermetto and Hans Boerakker, together with Piet and Perry van Oossanen from Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Frank Laupman from Omega Architects gathered at the Yacht Club de Monaco to present the new Heesen range to the yachting community, informs 'Yachting Pages'. 

Fabio Ermetto, Director of Sales and Marketing said: "Heesen is moving in a new direction. In fact, four new directions. And in doing so, we want to ensure that different means better. Our four concepts have advantages over every other yacht built at their size: 65, 55, 45 and 42 metres. New considerations are becoming a priority and innovative technology is required. Working with the most radical thinkers, these four yacht forms were developed to overcome seemingly opposing attributes: to go faster but use less fuel, to increase range and speed, to increase performance but reduce environmental impact, to enable uncompromised interior design without compromising performance 

Looking back to YCM 2010, the 65m FDHF Project Omnia was presented in 2010 at the YCM and - right after - it was sold to a Heesen repeat client. Researched by the world's leading maritime engineers, the 65's revolutionary fast displacement hull is the most efficient yet tested. This yacht has the highest power to weight ratio of any comparable yacht. Efficiency is the most important element for yachts of the future, for the very simple reason that it delivers something utterly remarkable: higher performance and lower running costs. The delivery of the largest Heesen to date is slated for June 2013. 

The 55m FDHF is the world's first steel yacht over 50 metres with a fast displacement hull. She is the most fuel efficient yacht of her size and style available on the market. With an impressive sundeck of 110 square metres and a forward touch-and-go helipad of 70 square metres, she offers a wide range of choices in her layout. 

The Heesen 45m is the only big sports yacht built in Holland, boasting Dutch quality, an aluminium hull and power that can deliver 30 knots. A staggering feat of naval architecture: 40 metres of deck space, 30 metres of interior space in a yacht of 45 metres overall. The Heesen 45m is the perfect combination of both power and style. 

The 42m FDHF equipped with Hull Vane® is the most dramatic advance in yachting: The first yacht that harnesses waves to produce power. Thanks to a special underwater wing developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, her efficiency is increased by an astonishing 35 per cent for speeds up to 15,9 knots. Cruising speed fuel consumption is reduced by 30 per cent and she has a 4.000 mile range - the longest of any 40 metre yacht. Reduced emissions means reduced environmental impact. The first Heesen 42m with Hull Vane® was sold last May and is due for delivery in 2014.

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Iconic Schooner Fitted With Pollution-free Bearings

by admin24. October 2012 14:15

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, relaunched September 29, 2012 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia fitted with pollution-free water lubricated stern tube and rudder bearings. The extensive two-year $15.9 million restoration work was done by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, made up of Covey Island Boat Works, Snyder's Shipyard and Lunenburg Industrial Foundry & Engineering. The rebuild of the iconic vessel meant all new installation of many aspects including stern tube and rudder applications. Specifically requesting water lubricated bearings, the Bluenose II now has a pollution-free stern tube and rudder bearing system. 

A fair bit of engineering went into the relaunch project to better fit the vessel with pollution-free bearing solutions. Each shaft of the twin screw stern tube was fitted with three water-lubricated COMPAC bearings; two in the stern and one in the strut. Grease was eliminated from the rudder by using SXL in the four pintle bearings and eight washer-type bearings. Thordon SXL bearings were also installed in the upper rudder stock of the vessel. 

Avalon Marine Limited, Thordon Bearings' authorized distributor for Canada's east coast, was heavily involved early on with the recommendation and design process of the vessel's propeller shaft and rudder system. "Once water-lubricated bearings were specified in the design, it was our job to deliver a total design solution that would accommodate the many unique aspects of the vessel. Specs seemed to be ever-changing throughout the project but with our engineering support and expertise in the field we were able to provide a quality, pollution-free bearing solution that was tailored specifically for the trademark vessel." says Chester McPherson, president of Avalon Marine Limited. 

Bluenose II was originally launched in 1963 and was built by many of same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg, NS. Saving it from being scrapped, the vessel was transferred to the province of Nova Scotia in 1971 for just $1. It continues today to serve as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador and historical reminder of the famed schooner launched in 1921 and undefeated after 17 years of racing against American and Canadian vessels. 

Bluenose II also benefits from new mechanical and electrical systems and much of the original vessel was reused including: rigging, masts, sails, ironwork, deck structures, safety equipment and electronics. By 2013, the vessel will resume a full schedule of sailing.

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