We live in the so called “digital age,” where digital systems and components have replaced their earlier analog cousins. These digital upgrades allow for faster and more efficient transmission of data and information. What is true for PCs, audio, and video equipment that have seen the advantages of digital technologies, is also true of your yacht’s electrical system. Newer luxury motor yachts are being built with digital switching components in their electrical systems, and older yachts with traditional switches are being refitted with digital replacements.
The advantages of digital switching is that it eliminates many of the traditional problems that can plague your electrical system, such as shorts and failures due to bad wires or connections. Modern motor yachts are equipped with more electronics than ever. In a traditional electric system, that means a lot more wires. In a typical electrical system, power is regulated and flow controlled through a series of basic “on-off” mechanical switches, and the lines protected by circuit breakers and in line fuses. All of that is subject to corrosion and failure.
Digital switching can replace many of those wires and connectors that are prone to wear and corrosion with miniaturized circuits that are virtually immune to such environmental issues. Instead of bulky and expensive switch panels, digital switching systems use compact Digital Circuit Control Modules. Each module can support multiple circuits that can be custom routed to the equipment as needed, using simple software.
Advantages of Digital Switching
You probably know the drill, you or your captain walks onto the cockpit of your yacht, and starts to hit multiple “on-off” switches to turn on the various systems of your boat. Digital Switching brings your boat to life at the beginning of your voyage with a single tap of a touch screen. With that single tap, whatever systems are required to be up and running for the day’s voyage, awaken. Similarly at the end of the day, all systems are again shut down with a single command.
Digital switching creates a networked control and monitoring system for your yacht that automates all the critical and comfort systems from air-conditioning to lighting, to entertainment. More importantly, digital switching replaces the traditional mechanical circuit breakers and switches with high-tech digital power distribution circuits.
In addition, digital circuitry does more than provide ease and convenience. It minimizes many of the reasons for traditional electric system failure, and even frees up space that was required for older, bulkier electrical panels, which is influencing yacht design, allowing for more storage, or other interesting uses for the additional space!
Example of Digital Switching in Use
Electrical Systems Upgrades and Planned Maintenance
You probably are more familiar with digital monitoring and switching systems then you think. Most cars today are equipped with similar systems that automatically turn your headlights on or off, or raise or lower your audio system’s volume as needed. Shouldn’t you expect the same level, if not more, of luxury and automation on your yacht? If your yacht is not already equipped with digital network control, you should consider an upgrade.
Beyond simple comfort, the marine environment can be especially harsh on the components of your boat’s electrical system. In addition to routine inspection and maintenance of your electrical system that you will find as part of our On Demand yachting solution, upgrading to a digital switching solution is a great way to avoid such problems.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.