Raymarine announces integration with Cyclops Marine for next LightHouse Hvar 3.16 release

by Raymarine Nov 15 9:48 AM PST

Raymarine’s latest LightHouse software update, Hvar 3.16, will incorporate Cyclops Marine’s smart, wireless and load sensing technology. © Raymarine

Raymarine is pleased to announce its next software update for the LightHouse Hvar 3.16 operating system.

Named after the Croatian island of HVAR, in the eastern Adriatic Sea, LightHouse Hvar 3.16 will incorporate several feature additions and include Cyclops Marine’s smart, wireless and load sensing technology. LightHouse software releases provide regular new system benefits to all boaters using Axiom® displays.

Cyclops Marine was founded in 2018 to simplify sophisticated load sensing devices that were previously only available to racing teams and superyacht crews. The integration of this technology with LightHouse Hvar 3.16 is intended to give a significant boost and heightened awareness to performance sailors and boaters alike.

Cyclops Marine’s sensors are wireless load-sensing instruments designed to measure the bearing loads on a sailboat’s rigging system. The smarttune is designed to replace the existing cylinder screw body on the forestay or shrouds, while the smartlink can simply be added in-line to any sheet, halyard, backstay, control line, downhaul , tack line or skate. These sensors connect wirelessly to the Cyclops marine gangway below deck, which interfaces with Raymarine Axiom displays to reveal load carriers at identified stress points on a yacht’s rigging. LightHouse Hvar 3.16 allows users to see at a glance live, static and dynamic load data transmitted by Cyclops Marine sensors up to 50 sensor locations.

For racers, the real-time display of forestay or backstay tension allows the helm to optimize sheet tension at critical points. Armed with this knowledge, a skipper can increase tension for more power or decrease it to reduce power, making the most of wind conditions and direction to enable the fastest repeatable performance.

Intelligent load sensing technology also benefits more recreation-oriented catamaran sailors. Twin hulls naturally cancel tilt when sailing in strong winds, making the load on the sails more difficult to assess. A bimini, common in warmer climates, compounds this problem due to the reduced visibility of the sails, making it more difficult to assess the power of the sails. Instant voltage data on Axiom displays removes such judgments and ambiguities.

Ian Howarth, CEO of Cyclops Marine, writes: “We are very pleased that sailors equipped with Raymarine Axiom displays can enjoy the benefits of seeing rig loads in real time. able to reproduce the configuration of the rig is a game-changer. For boaters, the ability to view load constraints through an easily understandable number to provide reassurance that they are navigating within the safety zone, or to make people think it is time to consider to put a reef in a sail. ”

Axiom users benefit from a range of additional feature enhancements with the new version of LightHouse 3.16 Hvar software. Anchor mode now takes into account keel offset and waterline-to-deck measurements, and Mercury Marine engine users can now benefit from a pop-up display – which informs the bar of system information that facilitate the operation of their engines.

“The additional functionality of LightHouse Hvar 3.16 and the addition of Cyclops Marine technology is another example of the constant improvement in LightHouse software and the Axiom display ecosystem provided to suitably equipped boaters. Cyclops load sensors will deliver sailors have clear access to the most essential data for and precise handling of the sails, “said Grégoire Outters, Raymarine Managing Director.” This reinforces our philosophy of giving sailors complete control on the water, where to have the image the most comprehensive real-time navigation information ahead of them dramatically improves safety, situational awareness and performance. ”

For more information on the Raymarine LightHouse 3 operating system, click here.