Raymarine DockSense docking system now available
Raymarine has created what it says is the recreational marine industry’s first object-recognition and motion-sensing assisted-docking solution. The solution, Raymarine DockSense has been worked on by the firm’s engineers over a period of four years and is now available for installation on straight-shaft inboards and bow-thruster propulsion-systems.
It was first demonstrated in prototype form in 2019 at the Dusseldorf and Miami International Boat Shows. The system uses an array of Teledyne FLIR stereoscopic cameras to establish a Virtual Fender zone around the vessel. Visually represented on a Raymarine Axiom multifunction display, DockSense accurately senses pilings, dock edges and other vessels as they encroach on the perimeter.
DockSense Control prevents the vessel from colliding with a detected object and moves the vessel in the direction commanded by the captain via the joystick, simultaneously compensating for the effects of wind and tide. With no commands, the system will hold the vessel’s position taking the stress out of docking, it is no longer necessary to rush to tie up. The stereo vision system gives a clear map of objects around the vessel allowing to see what is in the blind spots when at the helm.
The solution uses technologies including global positioning system (GPS) monitoring, attitude heading reference system (AHRS) position-sensing technology, multiple Teledyne FLIR machine vision cameras, and a central processing module.
“It’s an exciting step forward for boaters,” says Gregoire Outters, general manager for the Raymarine brand at Teledyne FLIR. “After years of development, testing and refinement – meeting and overcoming challenges head-on – we couldn’t be more excited to announce the availability of Raymarine DockSense Control to the recreational marine industry.”