Airmar Debuts Bluetooth-Enabled Multi-Sensor

May 28, 2020

Yachting Journal

DST810 Transforms How Sailors and Power Boaters Receive Data and Calibrate Speed

AIRMAR Technology Corporation announced its depth/speed/temperature DST810 Smart Multisensor, an upgrade to the TRIDUCER Multisensor, the DST800. 

This new model builds adds several performance upgrades, including an integrated attitude sensor that adds immediate heel and trim data to its depth, speed through water and temperature offering. The attitude sensor can be easily calibrated once installed, which is especially helpful when the transducer is mounted off-center.

The most unique benefit of the DST810 is the convergence of data capabilities to calibrate accurate speed through water via a wireless device, independent of the onboard instruments.

Enter Airmar’s CAST App. 

CAST is designed to enable sailors to easily perform basic, heel-compensated and advanced speed calibrations via their smart devices by wirelessly connecting directly to the DST810 and bypassing onboard displays. CAST runs on iOS or Android, and consistently delivers a  method for calibrating and configuring the instrument, regardless of what electronics and displays are on board. 

CAST employs a step-by-step wizard to calibrate basic and heel-compensated speed using either distance or onboard GPS comparison to determine corrections. Advanced speed calibration can be manually entered on the grid for multiple heel angles and numerous speed parameters, producing a comprehensive speed curve for the hull. Additionally, CAST allows users to enable and disable PGN’s, as well as set offsets and output rates. Once calibration and configuration changes are made, they are stored in the DST810 device itself and delivered to the NMEA2000 network.

Speed through water has always been important for both recreational and competitive sailors. The DST810 outputs an upgraded speed of 5 Hz (5x/second) for noticeably faster and visibly smoother speed reporting, and more informed decision making. This new higher data rate, plus the ability to easily calibrate speed at multiple heel angles, translates into achieving maximum performance from the hull.

Depth performance has been improved for more accurate shallow water readings, an important criterion for all boaters, and CAST includes an easy depth offset configuration for keel clearance. In addition, a frequency of 235 kHz means the instrument is less likely to interfere with any other onboard sounders.

The DST810 easily retrofits to most Airmar 2” housings, and its innovative, retractable housing design incorporates a self-closing valve for easy servicing. It is available as a depth/speed/temperature sensor, or depth/temp only. Dealers can order the DST810 Smart Multisensor by contacting Gemeco Marine Accessories or AIRMAR EMEA.