The docking assist system gives the captain better control over anchoring the boat by means of automation, compensating for some dynamic variables such as wind and current, and helping the ship to stay on its intended course.
The self-docking boat technology is designed to handle the complex mess of driving the ship to the dock, making the life of the captain a lot easier.
Docking can be one of the most stressful and challenging aspects of boats even for experienced captains The fluctuations of the tide and the wind make it even more difficult when trying to head to the dockside.
In addition, you are not only trying to prevent your boat from crashing, you are also trying not to crash into anyone else as well.
And unlike a car, the boat never stands still without the need for some maneuvering, and moving in a straight line to a narrow pier in poor weather is much more difficult than steering the wheel.
Self-mooring boat technology, which identifies the position of the boat using a combination of GPS, onboard sensors and dynamic positioning, makes adjustments during dock.
The captain only needs to hold the joystick and point in the general direction, and the system will do the rest.
Two years ago, Volvo Penta demonstrated this system for the first time during the Swedish stage of the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg.
The test boat was positioned between two 72.6-foot race yachts and was able to easily steer itself between them without any pressure.
This new system is important to the future of sea travel, as the ability to drive a boat in a straight line – to automatically compensate for the environment – should make sailing safer and bring us closer. Towards fully autonomous naval ships.
You can order the self-docking boat technology this spring, and you can also add it to your existing Volvo Penta motor yacht if it’s between 35 feet and 120 feet.
In 2006, Penta launched its own joystick technology, which brought handling and control functions to recreational boats.