Navis Engineering (Finland) has announced the launch of the new generation of its JP4000 joystick control system for mega-yachts, which the company will present at METS 2010.
The JP4000 combines the joystick control functionality with a DNV-approved autopilot AP4000 within one system.
The joystick control mode, limited by the speed of 5 knots, allows the captain to easily control in different ways the yachtâ€™s position and heading using a 3-axis joystick instead of conventional propulsion control units. This functionality is essential for docking or precise low-speed maneuvering in marinas or limited water areas. The â€˜Hold Positionâ€™ functionality, also a joystick control mode, is supplied as an option, and, if engaged, turns the JP4000 into a non-Class dynamic positioning system.
When underway in the open sea, the yachtâ€™s heading will be controlled by the new AP4000 autopilot, which, as mentioned previously, is part of the JP4000. The AP4000, besides standard heading control modes, now features the â€˜Wind Vaneâ€™ mode, specially designed for sailing mega-yachts. This mode provides the capability of sailing by a relative wind angle.
The control panel has undergone a substantial re-design. Compared to the previous generation, the JP4000â€™s front panel now sports a 6.5-inch high contrast colour display with the 150º viewing angle. The IP67 level of protection makes the JP4000 suitable for outdoor installations. The graphic user interface has also been re-designed to make it easier to read and operate.
The JP4000 can be installed onboard any mega-yacht having one of nine basic propulsion layouts, the main provision being the ability to provide side thrust by means of a bow/stern thruster/azipod.
For further information, Navis Engineering Oy tel: +7 812 322 67 15 (R&D Office, Saint-Petersburg) fax: +7 812 322 67 35 tel: +358 9 250 90 11 (Headoffice, Vantaa) fax: +358 9 250 90 12 http://navisincontrol.com