Jan 10, 2016

BSVTThe CPS-ECP Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) is coming to a boat show near you. The BSVT allows students to maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a lake 5.6km X 6.4km in a virtual mode where there are only virtual boats and water and no risks.

The program consists of preplanned lessons that cover basic manoeuvres and safe boating practices: Docking, Trailering, Slalom Course, Crossing/Overtaking other vessels, Departing dock, Manoeuvering in Fairways, Pivot Turn, Mooring, Emergency Stop, Trim control in throttle, Night manoeuvres with crossing/overtaking lights, and controls to change wind and current direction and strength.

The BSVT embodies high-end technology featuring three computer screens with a selective rotating field of vision close to 360 degrees. It has a responsive steering wheel with console switches for horn and navigation lights and a Mercury Marine throttle. It reacts to variable settings for trim, current and wind. On the dashboard you see your compass, tach and speedometer. Drivers may manoeuvre through simulated exercises in a virtual environment, without the risks of a real boat on the water.

A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will be at the following shows for attendees to gain hands-on experience and learn new manoeuvres, without the risk.

Toronto International Boat Show, January 21 - 29
Vancouver International Boat Show, January 18 -22
Salon du bateau et des sports nautiques, February 2 - 5
Calgary Boat & Sportsmen Show, February 9 - 12
Halifax International Boat Show,February 9 - 12
Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen Show, February 23 - 26
London Boat Show, February, 24 - 26
Bay of Quinte Sportsman Boat and RV Show, March 10 - 12

For more dates, info and videos visit: http://bit.ly/1Fof8ZL

 

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