Canadian Yachting February 2016 - (Page 114)
by andy adams
omfort and convenience are
important factors both to keep
boaters enjoying boating as well as
to attract new people into boat ownership.
Perhaps the most significant regular
challenges for all boaters are docking and
close quarters manoeuvering. Getting in
and out of your slip or into the fuel dock
on a busy day can be tricky, especially if
the wind is up or currents are running.
In 2005, Volvo Penta introduced their
revolutionary IPS drive systems that included an industry first - joystick docking.
Suddenly, the challenge of docking a
big boat became child's play-literally!
The technology was very similar to playing a videogame and manoeuvering a big
yacht became almost intuitive using
these new systems. The joystick option
was enthusiastically embraced by many
new yacht buyers, but at first this great
technology was only available on new
high-end big boats.
Predictably, with such a desirable feature, joystick docking systems became
more widely available, extending similar
functionality through the electronic steering and digital control systems of new
twin stern drive equipped boats and then
later, twin or multiple outboard engine
This has just been great for new boat
buyers, but what about the large fleet of
And, what if you have a single-engine
boat, a sailboat or a smaller size boat?
Wouldn't it be great to have this new level
of docking control?
So, along came Gerald Burton and
Yacht Controller, a system that can be
installed on almost any new boat as original equipment by the manufacturer, but
more importantly, a Yacht Controller system can be added to existing boats.
Recently, we caught up with the inven-
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting February 2016
Vantage Point: “They” are Looking after our Boating Environment
Waterfront: Boat Shows, Waterkeepers, and more…
Environment Feature: Plastic Pickup in Paradise - The beaches on Haida Gwaii have always been a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam that circles the Pacific. This recount of what has washed ashore and in what quantities may shock you. By Linda Leitch
Club Profile: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Galley Guys: On the Loose in Holland
Destination: Exploring the Lower Ottawa River by PWC - Follow the author and his Sea-Doo as he follows this historic trading route, part of a navigable waterway triangle formed in far Eastern Ontario with the St. Lawrence River on its southern side and the famous Rideau Canal on its west. By Craig Nicholson
Feature: Dark ‘n Stormy – Gosling’s Rum and Bermuda - Family owned Gosling’s is the oldest business in Bermuda. Learn its history and how it is integral to the tapestry of the rich Bermudian culture. By Margaret Swaine
CPS Port Hole
Destination: Lake Superior Cruise - A vivid description of this almost mystic five day cruise on the mightiest of our Great Lakes. By Mark Stevens and Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Sail Review: Jeanneau 54
Power Reviews: Azimut 55S and Cruisers Cantius 60
Electronics: Yacht Controller -Can this tech upgrade give your existing boat the functional equivalent of joystick docking? We talk to the creator of Yacht Controller and a Torontobased tech who has installed one. By Andy Adams
Fitness Feature: Fitness On Board Part 2 - Part 2 of our fitness features focusses on arm and leg strengthening exercises using your own body weight, on board your boat, any boat. By Terri Hodgson and Lisa Mavrou
Crossing the Line: Upkeep Wars
Canadian Yachting February 2016