Vessel Control Systems News

Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking wins 2021 DAME Award

On the 30th anniversary of the DAME Award, Andre Hoek, Chair of the DAME Jury, presented Sweden’s Volvo Penta with the top honour for its Assisted Docking System, at the opening event of METSTRADE 2021. A further five products were named as Category Winners and 15 received Special Mentions.

Brunswick completes Navico $1.05bn acquisition

Navico adds significant electronic and software expertise and will take Brunswick Parts & Accessories revenues over $2bn. The industry’s largest player just got bigger with the completion of its acquisition of Navico, a global leader in marine electronics and sensors. Brunswick’s purchase for $1.05bn of the Navico brands – Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, and C-MAP – significantly adds to the company’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG), which already includes a broad portfolio of parts & accessories in power management, digital control and monitoring, and networked devices.

Volvo Penta Expands EVC

Volvo Penta announced that it updated its Electronic Vessel Control system, including an expansion to its entire gasoline engine line and its D8 diesels, with plans to make EVC 2 available to the Sweden-based company’s complete line of recreational and commercial diesel power plants. EVC 2, which includes joystick driving, dynamic positioning and the Glass Cockpitsystem, had only been available with Volvo’s D4 and D6 diesels, which range from 175 to 480 hp.

AIRMAR unveils new SmartBoat system

AIRMAR Technology Corporation, a producer of ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology, introduced its new SmartBoat system, a vessel-management solution for all marine-sensor protocols and network types. The NMEA 2000 certified SmartBoat system offers a highly configurable sensor interface, supports a wide range of sensors and protocols, and provides remote discovery, management, programming, and wireless features. AIRMAR says these capabilities significantly reduce the equipment, protocol-conversion devices, cabling, complexity, and labor costs associated with conventional networking products, saving thousands on every install

Brunswick to acquire Navico

Brunswick Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Navico, a global leader in marine electronics and sensors for $1.05 billion. As a result of this acquisition, Brunswick will add the industry leading brands of Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, and C-MAP to its Advanced Systems Group (ASG), which includes the leading Parts & Accessories (P&A) brands in power management, digital control and monitoring, and networked devices.

2020 IBEX Innovation Award Interview with Yamaha Marine

To meet the extreme electrical demands of today’s bigger boats, especially at low RPM, Yamaha developed a completely new Phase Angle Control charging system. Now there’s plenty of power for devices like gyro stabilizers, air conditioning, sound systems, and console electronics without the need for a generator.

The smart boat

Boats are getting smarter. This is a trend that isn’t going away. Over the last five or so years, we’ve heard the term the “connected boat” more and more across the industry. But what is the connected boat and what does it mean for the future of the industry and boating as a whole?


Bravada Yachts’ Invictus marks several important “firsts” for Volvo Penta. The impressive luxury houseboat is the first Bravada houseboat to be powered by Volvo Penta and the largest boat in the region to be powered by a Volvo Penta Aquamatic sterndrive. “Team Bravada wanted a propulsion system that would continue the Bravada legacy of changing the houseboat industry and we found it in Volvo Penta,” said Robert Gutierrez, Principal at Bravada Yachts. “We found the Volvo Penta propulsion package very easy to install and service. Additionally, we were impressed by the throttle response, rapid acceleration, and maneuverability with integrated electric steering. Another plus was the quiet and smooth shifting.”

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

Dometic Marine updated its Pro-Trim System with a bolt-on design that allows underway adjustments to engine trim and height on outboard boats without the operator taking his hands off the wheel. The next-generation Pro-Trim Engine Trim Control mounts between the steering wheel and helm bezel, and is available in single- or dual-function versions for jack plate height adjustment or engine trim. The upgrade is aimed at the bass, flats and bay boat markets, and is designed to work with Dometic’s SeaStar hydraulic or mechanical steering.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Brunswick said in a statement that the alliance combines its ACES (autonomy, connectivity, electrification and shared access) strategy with Carnegie’s expertise in autonomous technology to create driver assistance and autonomous solutions that improve the boating experience.