Dockmate® is the most reliable and accurate wireless remote docking system for your boat, made by boaters for boaters.
Easy Engineering: A brief description of the company and its activities.
DOCKMATE: As yachtsmen with more than 40 years of experience, we truly believe in the simplicity of things, and more specifically: simplicity of operating and control. We were looking for the best wireless remote control system, and when we couldn’t find it, we decided to make it ourselves. That is why we kept our remote’s layout simple and smooth.
Our aim is to revolutionise the way we dock and enable captains to explore the world by setting the world free from docking stress.
E.E: What are the main areas of activity of the company?
DOCKMATE: We are focused on developing and manufacturing a single product line of wireless remotes to assist in docking, resulting in our products being the best wireless remote control systems available for yachts and boats. We are committed to continuously improving our products and expanding our offerings to meet the evolving needs of boat owners and operators.
E.E: What’s the news about new products?
DOCKMATE: Dockmate announced last year an absolute revolution in easy and stress-free docking with its patented SoftDocking functionality.
Regardless of the size or type of boat, power or number of engines, one thing that every boater understands is docking is made more complex by the delay between engaging the throttle and the moment the boat begins to move. This is one of the biggest differences between driving cars and driving boats, so much so that beginner, and even some advanced, boating safety courses have sections entirely dedicated to safe docking techniques to help boaters understand and feel comfortable. Now, Dockmate has solved this problem for good. With its newly-patented technology, the Dockmate remote control docking system now has the ability to provide a measured and fully-customizable engine response. This consistent intermediate throttle response eliminates the ‘kick’ that boaters dread during close quarter manoeuvres. This completely removes the ensuing stress of engaging the throttle into gear.
Dockmate also announced the addition of a powerful new free feature for all Dockmate analogue and CAN bus remote controls – Throttle+.
In an effort to give users the most flexibility and control to operate their vessels in almost any situation or conditions, Throttle+ offers a predetermined additional boost of throttle on every SINGLE, TWIN and TWIST Dockmate remote control. Building on the recent release of Dockmate’s patented SoftDocking feature, every Dockmate can now have three levels of engine control.
On SINGLE and TWIN models a quick tap of the forward or reverse button gives a pre-programmed gentle rotation of the prop, called SoftDocking, for close quarters manoeuvring; a full press of the forward or reverse buttons engages idle power; and by pressing the “SEL” button while pressing either forward or reverse gives a pre-programmed boost of additional throttle called Throttle+. This predetermined amount of throttle can be calibrated per direction to fit the precise needs of each customer and the type of vessel they own.
On a TWIST (joystick) remote there is no need to press the SEL button to use Throttle+. Instead Dockmate uses the proportional nature of the TWIST joystick, allowing users to tap the joystick for SoftDocking, a full push of the joystick in any direction forward, reverse or diagonal, for idle speed or by pushing the joystick further over the Throttle+ threshold to engage the additional thrust.
SoftDocking and Throttle+ are pre-loaded on all new Dockmate controls and are configured during installation.
E.E: What are the ranges of products?
DOCKMATE: Dockmate offers a comprehensive range of wireless remote control systems. The Dockmate® RED is our base model. It supports on/off control of the engines and thrusters. It’s available for single and twin engine boats, but it’s compatibility is limited to boats fitted with simple analogue electronic controls for engines and thrusters.
The Dockmate TWIN & SINGLE (respectively for twin and single engine boats) are the next step up. They provide on/off control of the engines and thrusters. Their Throttle+ feature enables a captain to add a predetermined amount of throttle to the engines when needed, and their SoftDocking feature makes it a breeze to control a motor yacht with big engines.
The dockmate TWIST – our flagship model – works for all boats and any propulsion type (including joystick systems that turn pods or outboards) It offers all the same features as the TWIN and SINGLE and adds to that a proportional joystick, which enables you to proportionally control the engines, and supported proportional thrusters. TWIN, SINGLE, and TWIST are compatible with virtually any electronic control system, analgue or CAN bus.
The VECTOR is a variant of the TWIST made specifically for boats with maximum 1 thruster and joystick systems like Volvo Penta joystick and Mercury Joystick Piloting 2, which turn the pods or outboards.
All Dockmates models are also able to control the horn and up to 2 windlasses (only 1 windlass for Dockmate® RED).
And all Dockmate systems use DockLink™, our best in class proprietary wireless communication protocol.
Whether it’s a small pleasure boat or a large yacht, Dockmate has the right solution to meet the specific requirements of our customers. Each system is customizable and can be tailored to the specific requirements of different boats, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance.
E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?
DOCKMATE: The market where Dockmate is currently active is in a stage of steady growth. As boating enthusiasts and professionals recognize the numerous advantages of wireless remote control systems, there is an increasing demand for our products. We have successfully established a strong presence in key markets globally and continue to expand our reach to provide customers with reliable solutions wherever they are. Our technology is also gaining traction among boat manufacturers and refit yards, further fuelling our market presence
E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?
DOCKMATE: Market trends in the marine industry indicate a growing emphasis on convenience, safety, and user-friendly technologies. Boat owners are seeking solutions that enhance their boating experience and simplify vessel control. Wireless remote control systems, like those offered by Dockmate, align perfectly with these trends. Additionally, there is a rising demand for wireless technology and smart connectivity features, enabling seamless integration with other onboard systems.
E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed?
DOCKMATE: Dockmate takes pride in its commitment to innovation. One of our most innovative products is the Dockmate TWIST. With its advanced joystick control and ergonomic design, it provides precise control of propulsion systems, thrusters, windlass(es) and the horn. These controllers offer intuitive manoeuvrability, making docking and tight manoeuvring effortless even for inexperienced boaters. Our wireless remote control systems, integrated with cutting-edge technology, represent a significant advancement in the industry and continue to receive recognition for their innovation and performance.
E.E: What estimations do you have for 2023?
DOCKMATE: In 2023, Dockmate has optimistic estimations for further growth and market expansion. We anticipate a continued increase in demand for our wireless remote control systems as more boat owners recognize the benefits they offer. We will focus on expanding our distribution network, strengthening partnerships with boat manufacturers, and delivering new and enhanced products to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our goal is to solidify our position as a market leader and continue providing innovative, reliable, and user-friendly solutions that enhance the boating experience.