||Drahtlose Fernsteuergerät für Yachten
||Brianza, Giuseppe, Cusano Milanino, Milano, IT
||Brianza, Giuseppe, 20095 Cusano Milanino Milano, IT
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B63H 21/22(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
B63H 25/02(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
The present invention relates to the field of boating,
and provides a hand-held, wireless device for remotely controlling the operation
of a yacht or other marine vessel.
Owners and operators of boats are familiar with the problems
associated with maneuvering a boat in a confmed space. The problem is especially
acute when the boat is in port or when mooring or docking. The person operating
the controls may not be in the best location on the boat to monitor the movement
and position of the boat relative to the dock. It is therefore usually necessary
to seek assistance from another person, who is located either elsewhere on the vessel
or on the dock. But difficulties often occur in communications between an operator
at the helm, and persons located elsewhere on the boat, or on the dock. A failure
of communication, or a miscommunication, can lead to damage to the vessel, or damage
to nearby vessels. It can even cause injury to persons in the vicinity.
It has therefore been recognized, in the prior art, that
the above-described problems could be ameliorated by providing a remote control
device for the boat. If a boat can be controlled remotely, an unassisted operator
could, in theory, control the boat while monitoring the position of the boat relative
to the dock from a position offering greater visibility.
Various examples of such attempts at remote control are
shown in the U.S. patent literature.
U.S. Patent No. 4,946,411
describes a hand-held remote control device for a boat, the device being
connected, by a cable, to the outboard powerhead of the boat. Other examples of
remote control, in the marine field, are given in
U.S. Patent Nos. 4,614,900
. Some of these patents describe wireless control devices, and some describe
devices that are connected only by cables. The disclosures of all of the above-cited
patents are hereby incorporated by reference herein.
None of the cited prior art provides a practical, compact,
hand-held wireless remote control device that allows essentially full control over
the operation of a yacht or other marine vessel. The present invention fills this
need, making it easy for an unassisted person to perform tasks, such as mooring
or docking, that otherwise would require additional crew members.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention includes a wireless remote control
system for a boat. The system works with boats that have been built with electronic
controls. The electronic controls themselves therefore do not form part of the present
invention. The invention is defined in claims 1 and 6.
The system includes a hand-held transmitter, and a receiver
capable of receiving signals emitted by the transmitter. The transmitter includes
a plurality of switches, for controlling the various components of the boat, such
as the engines, the thrusters, and/or an anchor winch. When activated, the transmitter
emits signals representative of the state of each switch, in a repeating cycle.
The receiver is preferably mounted on a fixture of the boat, and is intended to
be stationary. The receiver has outputs that become active when corresponding signals
from the transmitter are received. The outputs of the receiver are connected to
the existing electronic controls of the boat. In particular, the receiver outputs
are connected in parallel with the conventional controls, so that the system of
the present invention can act in addition to, but does not replace, the conventional
control system provided with the boat.
The receiver includes, or is connected to, an acoustic
transducer, or its equivalent, for sounding an alarm when radio communication between
the transmitter and receiver is broken. This alarm alerts the user that the boat
must be controlled conventionally, because the transmitter is not making contact
with the receiver.
The system of the invention makes it possible for a user
to control virtually any movement of the boat, while standing in virtually any location
on the boat. Thus, the user can closely monitor a docking operation, for example,
from the bow or stem of the boat, while still having precise control over the engines
and thrusters. The result is that, in general, operations that usually require two
or more persons with conventional systems, may be performed by one unassisted operator
using the present invention.
The present invention has a further important advantage
that it is easily installed on existing boats that are equipped with electronic
controls, and does not require that the boats themselves be modified, other than
by connecting the receiver to the electronic controls.
The present invention therefore has the primary object
of providing a wireless remote control system for a yacht or other marine vessel.
The invention has the further object of providing a wireless
remote control system for a yacht, wherein the system can control the engines, thrusters,
and/or anchor winch of the boat.
The invention has the further object of enabling a boat
to be precisely controlled, by wireless means, from a hand-held device.
The invention has the further object of reducing the number
of crew members required to perform various tasks involving maneuvering of a boat.
The invention has the further object of providing a wireless
remote control system which can be easily installed on existing boats without substantial
modification of such boats.
The invention has the further object of providing a wireless
remote control system for a boat, wherein the system works in parallel with the
conventional controls of the boat, and does not supplant or replace those controls.
The invention has the further object of providing a wireless
remote control system for a boat, wherein the system alerts the user when radio
communication between a hand-held wireless remote control device, and a receiver,
has been interrupted.
The invention, will be described further by way of example,
with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
- Figure 1 is a plan view of a hand-held transmitter unit which forms part of
the present invention, and also an end view illustrating an optional control for
an anchor winch;
- Figure 2 is a diagram of the interior of the receiver used in a present invention,
and indicates its various connections and components;
- Figure 3 is another diagram of the receiver used in the present invention, showing
the holes used for fastening the receiver to a boat, and also showing dimensions
of a preferred embodiment;
- Figure 4 is a schematic diagram illustrating the connection of the outputs of
the receiver to various control devices provided with the boat, as well as connections
with a battery and acoustic transducer, according to the present invention;
- Figure 5 is a diagram showing adaptors for using the present invention on a
boat having 12/24 VDC batteries;
- Figure 6 is a diagram showing the connection of the receiver, used in the present
invention, to the control levers of the boat;
- Figure 7 is a diagram showing the connection of the receiver, used in the present
invention, to the bow thruster of the boat;
- Figure 8 is a diagram showing the connection of the receiver, used in the present
invention, to the stem thruster of the boat;
- Figure 9 is a diagram showing the connection of the receiver, used in the present
invention, to the anchor winch of the boat;
- Figure 10 is a diagram showing the connection of the receiver, used in the present
invention, to a device for generating an external acoustic signal; and
- Figure 11 is a schematic diagram of an alternative arrangement for connecting
the receiver to an acoustic transducer, wherein the transducer is controlled by
an external relay.
The present invention includes a remote control system
for use with a yacht or other marine vessel. When this specification uses the terms
"yacht" or "boat", it should be understood that other marine vessels are included.
The invention includes two primary components, namely a
wireless, hand-held transmitter, and a receiver which is mounted at or near the
conventional controls of the yacht. The receiver is configured to receive signals
from the transmitter, and to generate commands, in response to such signals, which
commands control the operation of the yacht. The receiver outputs are connected
essentially in parallel to the existing electronic controls of the yacht, so that
the wireless transmitter does not supplant the existing controls. The system of
the invention therefore allows the yacht to be controlled manually, in a conventional
manner, i.e. by operating the levers that actuate the electronic controls, as well
as by remote control through use of the hand-held unit.
Figure 1 provides a plan view of a hand-held transmitter
used in the present invention. The upper portion of Figure 1 provides an end or
front view, showing an optional control for an anchor winch. The transmitter includes
one or more microprocessors (located inside the housing of the transmitter, and
not visible in Figure 1) which are programmed to emit a plurality of distinct signals
that will be recognizable by a receiver. The range of the transmitter is intentionally
limited, to minimize interference with other electronic devices in the vicinity.
Moreover, in the preferred embodiment, the signal of the transmitter includes a
digital code which is unique to the owner of the unit. The digital code can be pre-programmed
at a factory.
As shown in the diagram of Figure 1, the hand-held transmitter
includes a plurality of switches for controlling the various functions of the yacht.
The number of switches can vary, depending on what equipment is installed on the
yacht, and on what is desired to be controlled. In the example given in Figure 1,
the yacht has left and right engines, and also has optional bow and stem thrusters.
The illustrated device has one switch for each engine, and a single switch, which
may be moved to the left or right, for each of the bow and stem thrusters. The device
also may include switches to control an anchor winch, making it possible to pull
an anchor up or to lay it down.
The electronic components of the transmitter are preferably
housed in a ABS plastic container which provides some water resistance. The container
preferabl includes two sections which snap together. The transmitter is battery-powered,
and the batteries can be replace by separatin the sections and gaining access to
a battery box. Other means of powering the transmitter could be used instead, such
as solar power.
The hand-held transmitter unit also includes two light-emitting
diodes (LEDs). One LED illuminates when control signals are transmitted by the hand-held
unit to the receiver, and also confirms the transmission of commands. The other
LED illuminates when the available battery power falls below a predetermined level,
and is a signal to the user to replace the batteries.
The other major component of the present invention is a
receiver for receiving and processing signals generated by the transmitter. The
receiver unit is shown in Figure 2 In the embodiment shown, the receiver is housed
in a plastic container. The receiver is preferably mounted, using screws extending
through screw holes, located at or near the comers of the receiver unit, and visible
in both Figures 2 and 3, onto a fixture of the yacht, in a location that is out
of view, but which does not prevent reception of signals from the transmitter. An
internal antenna may be provided with the receiver, as shown. An optional external
antenna may be connected to the receiver instead of the internal antenna, as is
also indicated in the figure.
Figure 3 provides various dimensions, in millimeters, of
a preferred embodiment. These dimensions are shown by way of example, and should
not be deemed to limit the scope of the invention.
The present invention is intended for use only with yachts
or boats that have electronic controls. Such systems include control levers or buttons,
or their equivalents, that operate relays or switches which direct a control signal
to a desired component, such as a motor. The system of the present invention works
by generating commands that have the same effect, on the components of the boat,
as the commands produced by operation of the conventional controls. Indeed, the
commands produced by the remote control system are indistinguishable, to the systems
of the boat, from commands produced conventionally.
It is an important feature of the invention that the outputs
of the receiver be connected to actuate the conventional electronic controls of
the boat without disturbing the function of these conventional controls. Thus, the
outputs of the receiver, which appear along the connection strip labeled "power
supply connection and command exits", in Figure 2, are connected in parallel with
the existing controls of the boat. Thus, the present invention can be used on existing
boats, without the need to modify the existing circuitry provided on the boat.
More details about the connection of the outputs of the
receiver, to the electronic controls of the boat, are provided in Figure 4. This
figure shows a strip of output terminals, on the receiver, and identifies the function
of each terminal. On the right-hand side of the figure, there are represented the
major control components of the boat, namely the engine control levers and the bow
thruster joysticks (or equivalent switches). The figure also shows the connection
to the battery that powers the receiver, and the acoustic transducer that produces
a sound when the radio connection between the transmitter and receiver is broken.
Figure 5 provides details of the adaptors that can be used
for enabling the receiver to be used with either 12 volt or 24 volt batteries.
Figure 6 provides additional details of the connection
of the outputs of the receiver to the electronic engine controls. As stated earlier,
these outputs are connected in parallel with the outputs of the conventional controls.
Figures 7 and 8 provide similar details concerning the connection of the outputs
of the receiver to the joysticks, or equivalent switches, that control the bow and
stem thrusters, respectively. Figure 9 provides similar details concerning the connection
of the outputs of the receiver to the switches that control the anchor winch.
Note that in each case, the outputs of the receiver are
not connected directly to the engines, thrusters, or winch, but rather are connected
to the levers, joysticks, or the anchor winch command switch.
Figure 10 shows the details of the connection of the receiver
to the transducer or other device that produces the acoustic signal. If the acoustic
signal requires a current greater than 30 mA, the signal from the receiver should
preferably be connected through a relay, as shown in Figure 11.
The connection of the receiver outputs in parallel with
the existing control lines is both a safety feature and a technical advantage of
the present invention. It is a safety feature because the arrangement allows the
conventional control levers to function normally, so that the operator can immediately
resume conventional control of the boat, if necessary. It is a technical advantage
because it allows the system to be installed on existing boats, without modification
of the controls of the boat.
The receiver can be turned on by a separate switch which
is preferably installed near the control station of the yacht. The receiver receives
commands generated by the transmitter, and activates the functions of the boat according
to the command received. It is possible to provide a receiver that can receive signals
from more than one transmitter, as long as the transmitters do not operate simultaneously.
In the event of failure of communication between the transmitter
and the receiver, the receiver automatically places the engines in a "neutral" setting,
and activates an acoustic signal to warn the operator that communication with the
transmitter has been lost.
When turned on, the transmitter automatically and continuously
sends signals, to the receiver, the signals being representative of the state of
the respective switches on the transmitter. A command remains "active" as long as
its corresponding switch is actuated. In a preferred embodiment, the transmitter
generates signals in a cyclical fashion, i.e. generating sequential signals that
represent the state of each switch, and continuously repeating this sequence of
The transmitter preferably includes, on the outside of
its housing, a representation or other diagram of a boat, as illustrated in Figure
1. This diagram assists the user in operating the switches. The switches or levers
on the transmitter are located at positions, on that diagram, corresponding to the
functions of each such switch. For example, the switches controlling the right and
left engine are positioned at the right and left sides, respectively, of the diagram.
The switches for the bow and stem thrusters are located, respectively, at the bow
and stem of the boat represented by the diagram. It is therefore desirable that
the operator of the transmitter hold the unit such that the bow of the boat shown
on the unit points in the same direction as the bow of the actual boat. Failure
to do so may cause confusion in operation, and may induce the operator to issue
a command exactly opposite to what was intended.
The above arrangement is preferred. But notwithstanding
the above, the system could be designed such that the transmitter controls are arranged
in some other pattern, and not necessarily in the configuration of a boat.
The following paragraphs describe the operation of the
system of the present invention.
Activation of the system of the invention is performed
as follows. First, one starts the main engines in the usual manner. Then, one turns
on the electronic control station, provided with the boat, and to which the receiver
of the present invention is connected. At all times that the present invention is
used, the levers, provided with the boat, for actuating the electronic controls
must remain in the "neutral" position. Otherwise, there will be a conflict between
the commands generated by movement of such levers, and commands generated by the
hand-held transmitter. Next, one switches the receiver on, using a fixed switch
installed at or near the receiver. In about two seconds, the receiver begins emitting
its acoustic signal, indicating that the receiver is on but has not established
radio contact with the transmitter.
One then turns the transmitter on, using the on-off button
shown in the figures. The system is preferably programmed to require that the button
be held down for about three seconds, to insure that the button is being pressed
intentionally. The transmitter begins its periodic and repetitive transmission of
signals to the receiver, the signals indicating the position of each switch on the
transmitter. When the transmitter is transmitting, the LED showing transmission
illuminates. Also, the receiver ceases to produce the acoustic signal, when the
receiver and transmitter are communicating. When that acoustic signal stops, the
system is ready to function. It is now possible to control the engines, thrusters,
anchors, etc. simply by pressing the corresponding switches on the hand-held transmitter.
The transmitter is preferably programmed to turn itself
off after passage of a predetermined time interval (such as four minutes) following
the last actuation of any switch on the unit.
The transmitter is deactivated by pressing the on-off button
for more than a predetermined interval (such as three seconds), so as to prevent
accidental turn-off of the unit. When the unit is turned off, the transmission LED
turns off, and the receiver produces its acoustic signal, caused by the severance
of communication between the transmitter and receiver. The receiver is then deactivated
by using its on-off switch.
Note that, in an emergency, it is possible to deactivate
the system merely by turning off the on-off switch associated with the receiver,
without turning the transmitter off. If the receiver is turned off, the commands
from the transmitter cannot be received and executed.
The present invention allows an operator to achieve essentially
full control of a boat, from any position on the boat. In particular, it is possible
to control any of several engines or thrusters, and/or an anchor, provided that
the boat includes circuitry for controlling these components electronically, and
provided that an appropriate switch is provided on the transmitter. Because the
transmitter is small, it can be held in the user's hand, or attached to the wrist,
or suspended around the neck. By suspending the device from the neck, for example,
the operator can use his or her hands to throw ropes and assist in mooring.
The following paragraphs describe the operation of the
system in several typical uses:
- 1. Untying of the Boat
The user activates the system as described above. With the control levers in the
neutral position, the user begins unmooring from the dock by going to the stem of
the boat and releasing the lines holding the boat to the dock. Then, the user goes
to the bow, and raises the anchor, using the control on the hand-held transmitter.
The user thereby takes advantage of the essentially perfect visibility made possible
by standing at the bow (or other point which is nearest the anchor), and can correct
the movement of the boat with the help of the engines (or the bow and stem thrusters,
if installed), to compensate for the effects of wind or wave motion.
At this point, the user may bring in the fenders, and may turn the system off, using
the deactivation procedure described above. The user would then resume conventional
control of the boat.
- 2. Tying the Stern to the Dock
Once inside the harbor, and with the control levers in the neutral position, the
user activates the system as described above. After positioning the fenders and
arriving in the vicinity of the assigned space for the boat, the user goes to the
stem and begins the entrance maneuver with full visibility of the dock. During this
maneuver, the user can operate the hand-held unit to make immediate corrections
of the boat position, as required by effects of wind and wave motion.
The user then goes to the bow, and drops the anchor, using the hand-held unit, while
taking care to advance the boat with a short engine forward command to avoid hitting
the stem against the dock. At this point, it is possible to move to the stem and
provide a short command to reverse the engines in order to tie the stern to the
dock, with the assistance of persons on the dock, or with the assistance of a member
of the crew.
Even in those cases where the boat does not have an electric winch, the process
of raising or lowering the anchor can be greatly simplified by the use of short
commands to the engines, causing the boat to move forward or backward, thereby controlling
the tension in the lines.
The system can then be deactivated as described above.
- 3. Dropping the Anchor
Once the user has selected the desired position for the anchorage, the user places
the control levers in the neutral position, and activates the system as described
above. The user goes to the bow and, after checking the depth of the water, and
after checking for the possible presence of other anchors or chains, controls the
descent of the anchor using the anchor control on the transmitter. After lowering
the anchor to the proper depth, and providing the necessary amount of line or chain,
the user operates the transmitter to reverse the engines, to check the hold on the
bottom and the direction of the anchor chain. When the maneuver is completed, the
user deactivates the system as described above.
- 4. Weighing Anchor
The user places the control levers in their neutral positions, and activates the
system as described above. The user goes to the bow to check that the line or chain
freely rises, and uses short commands to the anchor winch to avoid excessive tension
on the winch. Once the anchor is raised, the system is deactivated as described
- 5. Hooking to a Mooring Buoy
The user laces the control levers in their neutral positions, and activates the
system as described above. Unlike the conventional procedure wherein a person must
stand near the bow with a boat hook to catch the mooring buoy, the user maneuvers
the boat with the hand-held unit, and is able to pick up the buoy at the stem. From
this position, it is easy to tie to the buoy and walk the line to the bow to secure
it to the forward cleat. Upon completion of this procedure, the system can be deactivated
as described above.
- 6. Unhooking from a Mooring Buoy
The user places the control levers in their neutral positions, and activates the
system as described above. The user then goes to the bow, and releases the line
from the cleat, and slips it off from the buoy. The user operates the hand-held
transmitter to provide short commands to the engines, to counteract the drift of
the boat due to wind, and thereby to avoid collisions with other boats. The system
can then be deactivated as described above.
In addition to the above-described situations, the system of the invention can be
useful in many other scenarios. For example, when the boat is being tied to a dock,
to refuel or to obtain supplies, especially in restricted spaces, it is easy to
control the boat from points of maximum visibility, using the hand-held transmitter,
without risking collisions, and without having to shout at crew members for assistance.
Also, when the boat is in shallow water, or near submerged rocks or other obstacles,
the operator can control the boat accurately from either the bow, the sides, or
the stem, thereby preventing damage to propellers, shafts, and other underwater
components, and reducing the risk of becoming stranded.
Also, when docking the boat, or when approaching another boat, the operator can
control the boat from the sides, or from the stem or the bow. The user can position
himself in the location that is best for estimating the distance to the dock or
to another boat, thus enhancing the accuracy of the maneuver.
In still another example, the present invention enables an unassisted user to pick
up a buoy, by maneuvering the boat, with precision, alongside the buoy.
The present invention therefore enables the essential functions of a boat to be
controlled from virtually any position on the boat. The operator can position himself
so as to have the best possible view of the dock, or of the anchor, but can still
control the boat as if the were located at the control station.
The invention can be modified in many ways. The number of switches on the hand-held
unit can be varied according to the number of electronically controllable components
provided with the boat. Thus, for boats having only one engine, the hand-held transmitter
could have as few as one switch or lever. For boats having two engines but no thrusters,
the control device could have only switches to control the engines, and the switches
for thrusters could be omitted. The receiver can be installed in a variety of locations
on the boat, though preferably not in the engine room, to avoid thermal or mechanical
damage. A major determinant of the location of the receiver is the ability of the
operator to hear the acoustic signal from the receiver. It is possible to provide
a source of acoustic energy originating in a location different from that of the
receiver. These and other modifications, which will be apparent to those skilled
in the art, should be considered within the scope of the following claims.
Drahtloses Fernsteuerungssystem für ein Boot bzw. Schiff, welches
mindestens eine elektronische Steuerung und mindestens eine manuelle Steuerung aufweist,
wobei die manuelle Steuerung zum Betätigen der elektronischen Steuerung geschaltet
ist, wobei das System einen beweglichen, tragbaren Sender und einen auf dem Boot
bzw. Schiff befindlichen Empfänger aufweist, wobei der Sender ein Signal erzeugen
kann, das von dem Empfänger ohne Drahtverbindung zwischen dem Sender und dem
Empfänger lesbar ist, der Empfänger mindestens einen Ausgang aufweist,
der wirkend mit der mindestens einen elektronischen Steuerung des Boots bzw. Schiffs
parallel mit einem Ausgang der manuellen Steuerung verbunden ist, um dieselbe elektronische
Steuerung zu betätigen, die von der manuellen Steuerung betätigt wird,
und der Sender des Fernsteuerungssystems keine bestehenden Steuerungen des Boots
bzw. Schiffs ersetzt.
System nach Anspruch 1, bei dem der Empfänger Mittel zum Auslösen
eines Alarms umfasst, wenn die drahtlose Kommunikation zwischen dem Sender und dem
Empfänger unterbrochen ist.
System nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, bei dem der Sender ein Gehäuse umfasst,
das ein Diagramm eines Boots bzw. Schiffs und mindestens eine Steuerung enthält,
die so positioniert ist, dass sie einer zu steuernden Komponente des Boots entspricht.
System nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, bei dem der Sender Schalter
umfasst, die alle verfügbaren Antriebe bzw. Motoren des Boots bzw. Schiffs
System nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, bei dem das Boot
bzw. Schiff eine Vielzahl von Antrieben und eine Vielzahl elektronischer Steuerungen
aufweist und bei dem alle Antriebe des Boots bzw. Schiffs durch zugehörige
elektronische Steuerungen gesteuert werden.
Verfahren zum Umgestalten eines Boots bzw. Schiffs, um eine Fernsteuerung
des Boots bzw. Schiffs zu ermöglichen, wobei das Boot bzw. Schiff eine manuelle
Steuerung aufweist, die einen Ausgang hat, der zum Betätigen einer elektronischen
Steuerung geschaltet ist, gekennzeichnet durch Verbinden eines Ausgangs eines
Empfängers mit derselben elektronischen Steuerung, die durch die manuelle
Steuerung betätigbar ist, wobei der Empfänger dazu ausgelegt ist, drahtlose
Signale von einem tragbaren Sender zu empfangen, wobei der Verbindungsschritt durchgeführt
wird, ohne eine Verbindung zwischen der manuellen Steuerung und der elektronischen
Steuerung zu stören, wobei ein von dem Empfänger erzeugtes Signal parallel
mit einem Signal von der manuellen Steuerung wirkt.
Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, bei dem das Boot bzw. Schiff so gewählt
ist, dass es eine Vielzahl von Motoren und eine Vielzahl elektronischer Steuerungen
aufweist, und wobei das Verfahren ferner das Verbinden des Empfängers mit jeder
der elektronischen Steuerungen umfasst, wodurch die Vielzahl von Motoren durch ein
Signal von dem Empfänger gesteuert werden können.
A wireless remote control system for a boat which has at least one electronic
control and at least one manual control with the manual control being connected
to operate the electronic control, the system comprising a movable hand-held transmitter
and a receiver located on the boat, wherein the transmitter is capable of generating
a signal that is detectable by the receiver without wired connection between the
transmitter and receiver, wherein the receiver has at least one output which is
operatively connected to said at least one electronic control of the boat in parallel
with an output of said manual control to operate the same electronic control as
that operated by the manual control, and wherein the transmitter of the remote control
system does not supplant existing controls of the boat.
A system according to Claim 1, wherein the receiver includes means for
actuating an alarm when wireless communication between the transmitter and the receiver
A system according to Claim 1 or 2, wherein the transmitter includes
a housing which contains a diagram of a boat and at least one control that is positioned
to correspond to a component of the boat to be controlled.
A system according to any of Claims 1 to 3, wherein the transmitter
includes switches which control all available engines of the boat.
A system according to any preceding Claim, wherein the boat has a plurality
of engines and a plurality of electronic controls, and wherein all of the engines
of the boat are controlled by respective electronic controls.
A method of modifying a boat so as to enable remote control of the boat,
the boat having a manual control having an output connected to operate an electronic
control, characterized by connecting an output of a receiver to a same electronic
control which is operable by said manual control, the receiver being adapted to
receive wireless signals from a hand-held transmitter, wherein the connecting step
is performed without disturbing a connection between the manual control and the
electronic control, wherein a signal generated by the receiver acts in parallel
with a signal from said manual control.
A method according to Claim 6, wherein the boat is selected to have
a plurality of engines and a plurality of electronic controls, and wherein the method
further comprises connecting the receiver to each of said electronic controls, whereby
said plurality of engines can be controlled by a signal from the receiver.
Système de commande à distance sans fil pour un bateau qui
a au moins une commande électronique et au moins une commande manuelle avec
la commande manuelle connectée pour faire fonctionner la commande électronique,
le système comprenant un émetteur mains libres déplaçable et
un récepteur situé sur le bateau, dans lequel l'émetteur est capable
de générer un signal qui est détectable par le récepteur sans
connexion à fil entre l'émetteur et le récepteur, dans lequel le
récepteur a au moins une sortie qui est connectée de manière opérationnelle
à ladite au moins une commande électronique du bateau en parallèle
avec une sortie de ladite commande manuelle pour opérer la même commande
électronique que celle opérée par la commande manuelle, et dans lequel
l'émetteur du système de commande à distance ne supplante pas les
commandes existantes du bateau.
Système selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le récepteur
inclut des moyens pour actionner une alarme quand la communication sans fil entre
l'émetteur et le récepteur est coupée.
Système selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'émetteur
inclut un logement qui contient un schéma d'un bateau et au moins une commande
qui est positionnée pour correspondre à un composant du bateau devant
Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans
lequel l'émetteur inclut des commutateurs qui commandent tous les moteurs disponibles
Système selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes,
dans lequel le bateau a une pluralité de moteurs et une pluralité de commandes
électroniques, et dans lequel tous les moteurs du bateau sont commandés
par des commandes électroniques respectives.
Procédé de modification d'un bateau de façon à permettre
la commande à distance du bateau, le bateau ayant une commande manuelle ayant
une sortie connectée pour faire fonctionner une commande électronique,
caractérisé par connecter une sortie d'un récepteur à
une même commande électronique qui est opérable par ladite commande
manuelle, le récepteur étant adapté pour recevoir les signaux sans
fil depuis un émetteur mains libres, dans lequel l'étape de connexion
est réalisée sans déranger une connexion entre la commande manuelle
et la commande électronique, dans lequel un signal généré par
le récepteur agit en parallèle avec un signal depuis ladite commande manuelle.
Procédé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel le bateau est
sélectionné pour avoir une pluralité de moteurs et une pluralités
de commandes électroniques, et dans lequel le procédé comprend en
outre de connecter le récepteur à chacune desdites commandes électroniques,
par lequel ladite pluralité de moteurs peut être commandée par un
signal depuis le récepteur.
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