Electronic Navigation Equipment

The marine products market has several interesting challenges for the industrial designer, equipment has to survive and function in a particularly hostile environment, exposed to ultra violet light, extremes of temperature, splashed with and occasional immersed in sea water, hit by flying objects and even dashboard mounted equipment is often trodden on!

Though it is often only produced in relatively small quantities, it needs to be and look tough yet sophisticated.

To achieve this using simple, financially viable tooling and components needs, a good team, creative thinking and good manufacturing contacts.

The impossible becomes achievable when you have a close relationship with a client. In just 20 weeks, we were able to develop the Network range of sail and powerboat modular navigation system units for Brookes and Gatehouse. Sales rocketed and production rates had to be doubled after three months. Yachting World hailed it as "well designed and built, extremely well thought out, very pleasing to the eye and fully weather proofed".

During the course of this project, we produced sketch concepts, models and prototypes, oversaw injection moulding component detailing and manufacture, PCB design and manufacture and software development.