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GREAT SCOTT!!! It’s time for FLIBS 2015 (Part Two)

Posted by Ernesto Peña Jr. on Oct 30, 2015 12:04:30 PM

Welcome back to part 2, of our 2 part series on FLIBS 2015. With less than a week away, the yachting industry is a buzz this time a year. People from all over the world are expected to flock into Fort Lauderdale for what is considered the kick off of the 2015 winter yachting season. As I mentioned in the previous blog Great Circle Systems is very excited to show off some of our new offerings 

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Topics: boat show

GREAT SCOTT!!! It’s time for FLIBS 2015 (Part One)

Posted by Ernesto Peña Jr. on Oct 10, 2015 11:11:04 AM

Hello fellow Yacht Tech enthusiasts. It’s that time of year again, time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, or as everyone likes to call it FLIBS. We’re very excited about this year’s show. There’s are a lot of innovations occurring in the tech sector that we are looking forward in presenting to you at this year’s show.

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Topics: boat show

Crossing the Ocean Blue, just like in 1492. Well maybe not?

Posted by Ernesto Peña Jr. on Sep 21, 2015 8:45:37 AM

 Back in 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Let's face it folks he didn't have a clue. Now that was 523 years ago when sailing was done by following the sun and stars as points of reference to navigate the unknown abyss that we now call the Atlantic Ocean, and back then they didn't even have maps to use as a point of reference. Nor did they have any idea of what the weather conditions were going  to be like during the next day or so. That's not the case anymore. Every year beginning in mid to late October hundreds of yachts make the pilgrimage from Barcelona to Biscayne Bay, to end the summer season of the Mediterranean and begin winter season in the Caribbean.

     Ahh yes folks, it’s that time of year again the dreaded Trans-Atlantic Crossing. Well, not so dreaded anymore. Now a days it’s just a mere routine voyage that occurs twice a year. In some cases just once a year. Either way the trip will happen. So we here at GCS would like to help you make the voyage as uneventful as possible while you’re sailing across the second largest ocean in the world.

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Career Opportunities with GCS for Yachting Professionals

Posted by Andy Levy on Sep 15, 2015 4:29:36 PM

Great Circle Systems is growing and looking for experienced and talented yachting professionals to join us in our Ft Lauderdale office.     Current openings are available for a Technical Sales Associate and a Marine Network Engineer.


For a taste of what it's like to work for GCS, see

A Day in the Life of a Yacht Technology Sales Rep.





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Ransomware!!! Stick-em up, or you’ll up never see your yacht data again!!!

Posted by Ernesto Peña Jr. on Sep 4, 2015 9:19:01 AM

There you are one day, just anchored off the coast of Monaco, minding your own business, and just checking your e-mails. You go through the normal ads, and spam. Then toss them into the trash, but wait, here’s something interesting. Wow! You’ve just received an e-mail notifying you that your current copy of Windows has a counterfeit product key, and the authorities have been notified, or something to that effect, and if you don’t respond immediately by clicking on the following link, or opening an attachment you will be prosecuted if you don’t respond immediately to the e-mail. The e-mail continues that by clicking on the link, or opening the attachment, you will be provided with instructions on how to prevent this from occurring... So naturally you don’t want to be in trouble with the authorities, and you click on the link, Internet Explore opens up, and you see the following page appears. YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED!

Well guess what? Your computer has just been kidnapped, and you no longer can access your data, or can't operate your PC, tablet, or smart phone, unless of course you pay up.


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Vessel Management Software—Features, Support, and Cost

Posted by Scott Strand on Jun 22, 2015 1:58:54 PM

These days, vessels of all sizes are complex. You don't need to be operating a mega yacht to benefit from vessel management software that manages the day-to-day business of running your boat.


In this post, I'd like to discuss some key points to keep in mind if you are in the market for management software, regardless of your vessel's size. I'll include the features your program should include and what can you expect in the way of support and total cost.


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Topics: yacht management software

Is it Necessary to Upgrade your Yacht Computers to Windows 10?

Posted by Andy Levy on Jun 9, 2015 9:25:00 AM

You’ve probably heard that Windows 10 is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2015. But if you have PCs on board your vessel, what does that mean to you?

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Topics: yacht computers

Superyacht Security and the Internet of Things

Posted by Amy Levy on May 31, 2015 11:27:55 PM

Did you read our blog post Superyacht Technology and the Internet of Things—5 Challenges? The article identifies 5 key challenges to having more and more Interent-connected devices on board vessels.


In this article, I want to focus in a major Internet of Things (IoT) challenge:  SECURITY.

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Topics: yacht network design

Ernesto Pena Joins Great Circle Systems’ Superyacht Technology Team

Posted by Amy Levy on May 19, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (May 21, 2015)—Great Circle Systems is pleased to announce the addition of Ernesto Pena to the company’s growing vessel IT Technology Team.


“We are excited to welcome Ernesto to GCS. He brings over 20 years of IT experience from the hospitality and cruise ship industries and has extensive knowledge in the areas of network and systems administration, design, engineering, and management. Ernesto's solid IT background, combined with his reputation for great customer service, makes him a perfect fit for our company,” says Darren Mayhead, Great Circle Systems’ CEO.


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Topics: yacht technology crew

Superyacht Technology and the Internet of Things—5 Challenges

Posted by Amy Levy on May 13, 2015 2:40:00 PM

We talk a lot about how owners, guests, captains, and crew are increasingly more connected, with each person using multiple Internet-enabled devices on board every day. In fact, we started blogging about this idea back in 2013, when we posted Vessel Internet Bandwidth: Are you Addicted?.


But we haven’t really talked about how the physical items on board superyachts--and the vessels themselves--are becoming more connected. Today, many onboard gadgets and machines--from toasters and coffee makers to diesel engines and generators--are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Even your Fitbit falls into the IoT category as it continually gathers data about your calories, steps and sleep to provide meaningful information back to you about your health (read more about wearables in Wearables—are they the Superyacht Computers of the Future?). You can see a list of more IoT examples from


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Topics: yacht network design

JD_Crawford_head_shotDarren and the GCS team have been instrumental in the development and deployment of several carrier grade IT networks for large scale, Savant-based super-yacht projects where the technology infrastructure needed to be extremely reliable. 


The capabilities of the GCS team have proven instrumental in helping us deliver a world class technology experience to some of the most prestigious yachts in the world.


J.D. Crawford of Savant Systems


I have been working with Great Circle Systems since 2006 when they did the installation of all our networking and Internet communications equipment on our boat being built in Germany.


The equipment they recommended and installed was exactly as we required.  We have had extremely good results with all of their equipment and it has performed as they had advised.


I would highly recommend them to all fellow captains.


Captain Keith T. Moore of M/Y Lady Sheridan

CE_W_Michael_Hummel_of_MY_TVTriton Administrator has proven to be the perfect tool for us on M/Y TV, which is a 78 meter Luerssen yacht.


Triton has comprehensive essential features plus any additional features one can possibly need. It is still easy to use and has a swift support team to implement customer-specific wishes, such as individual day logs, etc.


W. Michael Hummel, Chief Engineer of M/Y TV


Captain Bruno Herregods talks about Great Circle Systems tech support. 

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