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Smart and Simple Boating

At NauticExpo, we embrace innovation. Our years of familiarity with new products from the boating and maritime industry have taught us how this sector is evolving. The result is this initial issue of NauticExpo e-magazine.


Focusing on boating and maritime technology innovations, the magazine will spotlight the latest trends and breaking news in the industry. In this initial issue, you can navigate the Easy Boating Hot Topic—how going to sea is getting smarter.


You will also discover clever ideas from forward-thinking innovators, from start-up Ariadna’s underwater GPS for divers, to the Halo radar from heavyweight Simrad.
We also paid close attention to your reading habits. Our e-magazine has been designed to provide an intuitive, interactive experience, even on mobile devices, matching today’s info gathering habits. The publication aims to be as innovative as the products it covers. Enjoy your read!!

Hot Topics
We realized that it would be quite easy to develop a system where the boat is able to sail itself.


Everyone who has ever set foot on a yacht knows that the variety of systems—be they for navigation, entertainment or propulsion—can be overwhelming. To manage them, NMEA2000 databus networks have become a common solution. Garmin, Furuno, Raymarine and all the other main manufacturers of marine electronics offer them....

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Remotely control vessel elements such as the gangplank or cabin lighting


Smartphone-based yachting is on the way. A growing number of app providers are now offering multiple ways to monitor a boat through an iOS or Android device.

But monitoring is just the first step. Your smartphone now can send you multiple alerts providing continuous information on vessel status, including security. It also allows an owner to remotely control vessel elements such as the gangplank or cabin lighting.
Check our infographics to learn more about current mobile boating applications.

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An owner can change the configuration with only an electrical screwdriver in half an hour.

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    “Autorouting does not replace safe navigation.” Navionics offers this timely warning regarding its Dock-to-dock Autorouting because this new boating navigation software promises to be so comprehensive that it could entice seafarers to forget basic precautions.

    The user just needs to tap a destination or enter a lat/long for the application to calculate the most appropriate route. Shallow waters, narrow passages, buoys, speed warnings and bridges—almost everything is taken into account, including user inputs such as draft and mast height. The software also estimates fuel consumption and distance.

    Marine and Shoreside Points of Interest

    NE0_docktodockWhat’s more, Dock-to-dock Autorouting is also able to provide practical information on the destination. This includes not only the obvious marinas, moorings and fuel docks, but also shoreside services such as taxis, restaurants and bars.

    Because many of these details are subject to change, Navionics promises continuous updates of its charts. For example, last year the company updated its Western European charts more than 16,000 times. But users also will be able to input data on such things as new buoys, unidentified rocks or good restaurants.
    Dock-to-dock Autorouting is currently available only on iOS. It should be available this spring on some Raymarine multifunction displays and this summer on Android smartphones and tablets.



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    The Finnish team of Project Ariadna claims it will soon offer an affordable device that indicates the position of divers while underwater. One look at the wrist display informs the diver about his depth, the distance covered, the route that was taken and the way back to the boat where the dive started.

    No satellites

    Underwater navigation is a newly developed technology. The signals of navigation satellites do not reach more than 2 millimetre underwater. Calculating the exact position of the diver is therefore achieved by combining data from all the different instruments a scuba diver uses. The result is a 3D projection of the underwater route and a heading to any point of interest or the boat. Project Ariadna will launch a limited prototype version this year and is planning to launch a first production series of underwater navigation sets in 2017.

    Distance and direction

    “Underwater navigation has been researched for a long time,” lead electronics engineer Pasi Lathinen affirms. “We have created a simple tool that brings information about their position to every diver’s wrist. Distance covered and direction in which the diver has swam are calculated to determine his position.

    Our sensor is attached to the diver’s ankle. This sensor measures the movement of the leg and thus knows the amount of forward thrust the diver generates with his flippers. This information is combined with underwater drag and possible current. For accurate positioning, the device should be calibrated. Exact drag from the diver’s body and diving equipment can then be calculated.

    However, the self-learning feature is so powerful that even without calibrating, the underwater navigation will prove quite accurate: Ariadna’s navigation can locate the diver within 20 metres after an hour of moving about.

    Just before diving under and just after resurfacing, the sensor reads GPS satellites to match the measured under water movements. Just like the track the diver swam, these satellite fixes are stored.”

    Complex programming

    While Ariadna’s project team composed of five people has now been working for almost six years on the underwater navigation device, Lathinen describes the instrument as ‘simple’.  “We use instruments and sensors that are readily available on the market. These get more accurate and even cheaper all the time.

    project_ariadna_photo_3The essence of our project is the software. This has zero marginal cost. We only need to earn back the time invested to develop this software. This is why I believe we can provide a good navigation system at a price any diver would be willing to spend. This will be in the range of a few hundred euros to maximum one thousand”

    Underwater signal

    Doing justice to the team, one needs to acknowledge one big innovation. Says Lahtinen: “The most important innovation we developed is the wireless data signal that works well underwater. This is a double frequency radio signal, different from conventional radio signals or ultrasound. The problem with these other signals is that you get a lot of bias on the signal underwater. By having the compass, depth meter, watch and our sensor communicating simultaneously, a reliable positioning is possible.”


    Reliable positioning and underwater navigation is expected to make diving safer. Additionally, information about remaining air pressure is displayed. Divers can share points of interest, so anyone within the group may be directed to a wreck, a cave or an anchor while underwater.



    Hans Buitelaar

    Keen regatta sailor Hans Buitelaar dedicates his professional life as a journalist to writing about yachting and the maritime industry.

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