Mercury Marine 1st Mate virtual lanyard
Mercury Marine launched the 1st mate, the marine industry’s first engine integrated man overboard and proximity based theft deterrent system in Dusseldorf in late 2019. They announced that launch in the U.S. on January 20, 2020.
Wearable wristband fobs (think Fell Marine, Mercury’s wireless technology partner), are worn by the operator (operator always gets the red one) and up to 7 passengers (other colors).
Quotes below come from Mercury Marine’s 20 January 2020 press release:
“It the system detects the captain has fallen overboard, the device sends alerts to the system hub, its app and all the passengers wearable devices.The system cuts the engines and sends specific instructions to the passengers’ cell phones via the app. The instructions guide the passengers through restarting the engines and safely steering the boat back to the location of the man-overboard event.”
“If a passenger falls overboard, the system likewise send alerts to the captain and other passengers. The captain receives heading instructions to return the boat to the location of the man overboard-event.”
“If a boat captain is alone and the system detects that the captain has fallen overboard, it sends a distress message to a list of emergency contacts that the captain had entered into the app. The distress message includes the GPS location and time and date of the man overboard event.”
Mercury developed a website devoted to the 1st Mate, 1stmate.net and a series of videos.
1st Mate also includes a theft deterrent system. The boat can only be locked so it can only be started when the captain is in the vicinity of the helm.
When the captain’s fob is not in range the system either disables the engine or puts them in guardian mode (can only go slow like when the engine is overheating.
We had hoped Mercury would bring out a wireless lanyard back since they announced their technology partnership with Fell Marine.