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Dockmate® features and technical details

The Dockmate® system can control up to 7 functions

  • Horn
  • Anchor windlass or winch – 1 or 2 anchors
  • Port engine
  • Starboard engine
  • Bow thruster
  • Stern thruster
  • All other functions can be enabled by adding modules to the Receiver, which has been designed on a modular architecture. These modules exist in dozens of versions to provide the support for different brands and models of controls.

    The Dockmate® system has redundant fail-safe technologies built into both the hardware and software. The horn function is included in every Dockmate® Receiver.

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    We are raising the bar and setting new standards for the functionality our product delivers.

    SoftDocking and Throttle+ are now included on every Dockmate SINGLE, TWIN, and TWIST, at no extra charge.

    SoftDocking

    One thing that every boater understands is that docking is made more complex by the delay between engaging the control head lever(s) and the moment the boat begins to move. With our newly-patented SoftDocking technology, a short push of the joystick or button will consistently result in a pre-programmed customisable fraction-of-a-second burst of the propeller. With SoftDocking you can easily and consistently „bump“ the engine(s), enabling you to softly dock a boat.

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    Throttle+

    Offers predetermined throttle: This means that every Dockmate can have 2 levels of engine/motor control: idle forward/reverse and calibrated throttle forward/reverse. With Throttle+, extra throttle can be used at any moment, immediately, just by the push of a button or joystick.

    Dockmate® System

    All boats with electronic engine controls can be equipped with the Dockmate® system, regardless of the length or the type of the boat. Our remotes are completely waterproof and float. They are only the size of a smartphone and have a very simple, clear layout.

    In our most simple configuration, the remote sends a coded digital signal to the Receiver which operates the engine(s) and the horn. The system can be extended modularly to also control the bow thruster, stern thruster and 1 or 2 windlasses.

    Operation is easy, accurate, safe, and reliable, and can be done from any location aboard the boat. If the remote somehow slips out of your hands, then all systems immediately drop to neutral. The remote automatically turns off after 30 minutes of non-use.

    Specifications

    Dockmate® Receiver

    • Dimensions

      23,8 x 20,5 x 8,6 cm or 9.4 x 7.9 x 3.2”

    • Weight

      ca. 1,95 kg or 4.3 lbs

    • Frequency

      433,5 MHz (US, Australia and others)
      868,3 MHz (Europe)

    • Range

      50 metres or 165 feet

    • Housing

      Aluminium - according to IP67 specifications

    • Power

      12V or 24V
      You can connect 2 different power sources to the Receiver: 1 for the Receiver itself and 1 that is routed through the Receiver to the Dockmate® Cradle (wireless charger).

    • Operating temperature

      -10°C to +60°C or +14°F to +140°F

    Recommended mounting spot:

    Behind the dashboard, so it’s close to the controls it needs
    to be connected to.


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    Specifications

    Dockmate® SINGLE & TWIN

    • Dimensions

      70 x 150 x 40 mm or 2.75 x 5.91 x 1.57”

    • Weight

      ca. 150 gr or 5.29 oz

    • Frequency

      433,5 MHz (US, Australia and others)
      868,3 MHz (Europe)

    • Range

      50 metres or 165 feet

    • Housing

      ABS & rubber - according to IP67 specifications

    • Operating temperature

      0°C to +43°C or +32°F to +110°F

    • Battery

      320+ mAh Li-ion
      Qi-certified wireless charging

    FCC certified
    CE certified

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    Specifications

    Dockmate® TWIST & VECTOR

    • Joystick

      3-axis, proportional

    • Dimensions

      70 x 150 x 40 mm or 2.75 x 5.91 x 1.57”

    • Weight

      ca. 150 gr or 5.29 oz

    • Frequency

      433,5 MHz (US, Australia and others)
      868,3 MHz (Europe)

    • Range

      50 metres or 165 feet

    • Housing

      ABS & rubber - according to IP67 specifications

    • Battery

      320+ mAh Li-ion
      Qi-certified wireless charging

    FCC certified
    CE certified

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    DockLink™

    Dockmate® uses its proprietary DockLink™ communication protocol. DockLink™ is an infinitely superior, state of the art 2-way FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) communication with handshake, and GFSK (FM) modulation on the 868MHz or 433 MHz frequency band (depending on your region) that provides superior range.

     

    Dockmate® operates in either the 868 MHz or the 433 MHz FM frequency band, depending on local regulations. Dockmate® has 64 communication channels at its disposal in the 868 MHz band, and 72 communication channels in the 433 MHz band. FHSS means every Dockmate® uses a unique set of 6 channels in the entire band of 64 or 72 channels, and then hops from one frequency to another. This FHSS rolling code changes 6x per second over 6 different channels, virtually eliminating any possible chance of interference. The Dockmate® signal reaches up to 50 meters (165 feet).

    When using a Dockmate® remote, that was charged to 100%, it takes up to 3 hours of constant use (remote actively communicating with the Receiver) to deplete the battery. This translates to a few very difficult and/or long docking manoeuvres, or lasts at least 15 docking manoeuvres of approximately 10 minutes.

    During our test charging a Dockmate® remote from empty to completely full takes up to 3 hours. In practice we’ve observed a typical charging time for a Dockmate® remote of 20 to 40 min. For boaters using our latest Dockmate® Cradle, their Dockmate® remote is virtually always charged up and ready for use.