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Alarm goes off when Yacht Controller deactivated

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by Mikolebi, Jun 28, 2018.

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  1. Mikolebi

    Mikolebi New Member

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    Hi Folks,
    Having an issue with yachtcontroller system retrofitted by the yard in a brand new Princess 55:
    1) Activating yacht controller via main switch in lower helm,
    2) Switching on remote controller and connecting to base station,
    3) Going up to flybridge to take controls from the upper station,
    4) Coming back down to operate the yacht controller in cockpit (for docking/undocking/anchoring etc)
    5) When done, switching off the yachtcontroller from main helm switch and climbing back to flybridge to take controls/drive
    6) After a minute or two an alarm goes off in flybridge.
    7) Have to go back down to main helm to take control and back up again to fly to retake control.
    Any ideas why that annoying alarm might be going off?
  2. YachtForums

    YachtForums Administrator

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    They have enough product in the market that other members of YF have probably used their equipment. In the interim, I sent an email to the MD at Yacht Controller asking for one of their technicians to join in this discussion. We rarely invite manufacturers to join in our discussions because vested interests will often attempt to dilute discussions, or turn a thread into a promotional campaign.
  3. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    The alarm is normal as it means a loss of communication between the yacht control controls and the remote, usually due to one being shut off. You have to access the engine controls the yacht controller is piggy backed off of before going to another station. Most yacht controllers are also programmed to time out at around 10 minutes and will also hear the same alarm and no yacht controller.
  4. Sea Gull

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    Capt J is right. The alarm sounds when connection is lost as the remote automatically times out and shuts down to save battery. You must turn off the system if you don’t want the alarm, or just to turn the remote back on. But you’ll use up batteries facster.