Next-Gen Elec-Tech

Five in­no­va­tions in big-boat elec­tron­ics and sys­tems to watch for in 2015.

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Com­pared with a small-boat elec­tron­ics mar­ket that’s be­come a ver­i­ta­ble arms race with ev­ery­thing from sub­mersible, in­de­struc­tible, or­bit-ca­pa­ble hand­held VHFs to James Bond­style GPS gad­gets with—lit­er­ally—bells and whis­tles, the evo­lu­tion of su­pery­acht elec­tron­ics might ap­pear a more con­ser­va­tive, slow-paced game. (Chess any­one?) But as to be ex­pected in the su­pery­acht realm, the stakes are higher, the buy-in is greater, the op­po­nents are for­mi­da­ble and the pay­out is price­less.

Tasked with the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge to make the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble, this big-boat bat­tle­field of glass bridges and fiber-op­tic freaks of sci­ence of­ten rep­re­sents the ab­so­lute cut­ting edge in tech­nol­ogy. We con­tacted some of the most re­spected brands in the in­dus­try to find out what’s in store for this year … and beyond. From the re­sponses we re­ceived, here are fi ve in­no­va­tions poised to make waves in 2015.


Amid the glass-bridge revo­lu­tion, Team Italia has de­vel­oped i-Bridge MT, a cus­tom­iz­a­ble touch-screen helm sta­tion. The ver­sa­til­ity of i-Bridge MT and the mod­u­lar i-Chart ta­ble en­ables own­ers and cap­tains to de­ter­mine the fi­nal lay­out of their yacht’s helm sta­tion while al­low­ing cap­tains to fur­ther cus­tom­ize the equip­ment lay­out to their own per­sonal pref­er­ences.

With i-Bridge MT, all com­mand sys­tems and sub­sys­tems (radar, chart plot­ter, mon­i­tor­ing, nav­i­ga­tion, etc.) are in­te­grated into a multi-touch-screen panel, where a range of schematic de­signs presents the data most per­ti­nent to real-time cruis­ing con­di­tions. i-Bridge MT al­lows for re­mote mon­i­tor­ing, and other on­board de­vices can be in­te­grated into the sys­tem with­out the need for ad­di­tional hard­ware or struc­tural al­ter­ations to the helm. Most im­por­tant, the i-Bridge will ac­com­mo­date up­dates to the on­board sys­tems, keep­ing the owner in stride with the fast pace of tech­nol­ogy.

It’s a win for new builds es­pe­cially, as the yard can craft a helm sta­tion to sat­isfy the owner’s aes­thetic pref­er­ences with­out hav­ing to take into ac­count, in ad­vance, all the sys­tems that might even­tu­ally be in­te­grated. Ad­di­tion­ally, cap­tains can man­age their con­trol con­sole many months be­fore the yacht is de­liv­ered, test­ing sys­tem op­er­a­tion and in­sert­ing needed mod­ules with­out af­fect­ing the helm’s aes­thet­ics.

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