The Yacht Technology Blog

New Year, New Builds - GCS projects in 2017

Posted by Steve Kahlich on Jan 27, 2017 10:52:42 AM



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Topics: vessel internet, marine vsat, marine voip, Vessel technology for new builds, vessel document management, broadband internet access

Are you ready for the Inmarsat B and Mini-M EOL switch off?

Posted by Darren Mayhead on Nov 22, 2016 11:14:55 PM

Back in 2014, Inmarsat notified its customers that its legacy services Inmarsat M, Inmarsat D+, Inmarsat B, GAN and Mini-M would be phased out at the end of 2016, and replaced with faster and more efficient products. Chances are, your satellite services provider has already replaced the equipment reaching its end of life (EOL) date, but if you still haven’t upgraded to the newer equipment, now is the time to make the change.

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Topics: vessel internet, marine vsat, marine voip, yacht email, broadband internet access, EOL for Inmarsat B, M and Mini-M

Top 4 GCS Yacht Technology Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Amy Levy on Dec 27, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Over the past year, we at Great Circle Systems have enjoyed sharing some insights into yacht technology with you. Our 2014 Yacht Technology Blog articles have covered Internet technology, yacht VSAT, yacht management software, vessel bandwidth management, and MLC 2006 compliance.


With the end of 2014 quickly approaching, our team was curious to know which articles published this year attracted the most readers. We thought those of you who missed these posts might want to read them, while others might want to read them again.


So here are our top 4 hits of 2014--just click on the pictures below to read the articles.

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Topics: vessel communications, mlc 2006, bandwidth management, marine vsat

Spring Cleaning And Your Yacht Internet Connection

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 30, 2014 7:27:18 AM

Every inch of your vessel is being cleaned, inventoried, painted, repaired and polished in preparation for the summer high season. You want owners and guests to love every minute of their cruise.


But there's something that might be missing from your spring cleaning list that could make or break a cruiser's experience: your yacht's Internet connection.


By "spring cleaning" I'm not suggesting that your vessel requires a complete yacht VSAT overhaul. But there may be a few simple things you can do now to make everyone's on board Internet experience more pleasant this summer.


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Topics: marine vsat, NAS3000 Optimizer

Vessel Internet Bandwidth: Are you Addicted?

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 22, 2013 11:35:00 AM

What are you doing right now? If you’re reading this blog post, you may be accessing your Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook account.


Maybe you are simultaneously streaming music or a movie. And perhaps you are also viewing a friend’s crazy cat YouTube video on your smartphone. (If you're accessing multipe applications on board a vessel, your yacht Internet connection may be painfully slow.)


And it’s not just you--there are probably others in your home, office or vessel doing the same thing, at the same time. 


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, bandwidth management, marine vsat

Do's and Don'ts for Buying and Installing a Marine VSAT Antenna

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 11, 2013 7:34:00 AM

yacht_vsatIn our last article, 6 Tips for Choosing Marine VSAT, we talked about the importance of properly choosing a VSAT antenna.


Now, I'd like to discuss a few do's and don'ts that, if followed, should improve your overall VSAT purchase and installation experience.


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

How should you choose marine VSAT? Follow these 6 tips.

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 8, 2013 6:55:00 AM

In our last blog post, A Yacht VSAT Primer, we defined yacht VSAT, its use in on board vessel communications and VSAT’s limitations regarding marine Internet connectivity.


We also provided a downloadable two-page document, based on information provided by MTN Satellite Communications, that you can access by clicking this link: Questions to Ask When Assessing Your Yacht's Bandwidth Needs--AND--How to Calculate Your On Board Bandwidth Needs.


Now, let's take the conversation to the next level by reviewing 6 tips that will help you pick the right VSAT package for your needs.

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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

A Yacht VSAT Primer

Posted by Darren Mayhead on Mar 28, 2013 12:36:00 PM

You’re probably familiar with VSAT and its prevalence in modern at-sea yacht communications. You know that the satellite antenna topping many yachts is related to Internet connectivity.


But what exactly is VSAT? And what should you consider when choosing the best VSAT configuration to serve your yacht guests and crew?


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Topics: vessel communications, vessel internet, marine vsat

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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