We've written a lot about the huge uptick in yacht technology over the past few years. Most of today’s vessels include complex on board computer, VSAT, audio/visual and security systems. And we can expect on board technology to only become more complex and necessary over time.
But I want to talk about a less sexy, but crucial aspect of expanding yacht technology: cabling. A vessel's cabling system is the infrastructure that supports current technology and future expansion. So it’s important to lay the right kind of cable now, while anticipating future needs. Good choices today can reduce the likelihood of a premature yacht technology refit.
In the past 3 months, we've been collaborating with OnboardOnline to publish the following articles:
With the help of Marc Franken, President of Frankentek, Inc., Darren Mayhead, marine engineer and Chief Technical Officer for Great Circle Systems, and J.D. Crawford, Sales Manager at Savant Systems, I've written the following article, which OnboardOnline published on October 23, 2013:
Topics: Vessel technology for new builds
Darren 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
Triton 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.