Compare Dockmate® to Competition

We certainly believe that before investing in any product, it is always wise to do your research in order to insure that the product offers the best value and it will suit your specific needs.

 

In the case of wireless remote control systems, you will obviously want one with the most advanced features and at a reasonable price, as well as a system with local service if ever needed, and with a very customer-friendly guarantee & warranty.

 

If you are shopping the Dockmate® system against a competitive product, then please be sure to consider the following and check first as to whether the competitive products can offer these key features:

PERFORMANCE 
Dockmate®

Can control two engines

Yes

Can control two engines

Yes

Can control one or two thrusters

Yes

Can control one or two thrusters

Yes

Can control one or two anchors

Yes

Can control one or two anchors

Yes

Can control a single engine boat with transmitter

specifically designed for that type of boat

Yes

Can control a single engine boat with transmitter 

specifically designed for that type of boat

Yes

Can control the horn

Yes

Can control the horn

Yes

Can proportionally control proportional thrusters, Ex: ABT, Side-Power, Vetus

(Other brands offer only On / Off control for this type of thruster)

Yes

Can proportionally control proportional thrusters,

Ex: ABT, Side-Power, Vetus

Yes

Can be activated remotely with the transmitter from anywhere aboard the boat. There is no need to drill a hole into the helm dashboard to install an ON / OFF button which is required to activate the system.

Yes

Can be activated remotely with the transmitter, so there is no need to drill a hole into the helm dashboard to install an ON / OFF button which is required to activate the system

Yes

Offers smooth, variable-speed, fully-proportional throttle with many brands of engine controls, and not confusing incremental throttle settings

Yes

Offers fully-proportional throttle with​

many brands of engine controls

Yes

Flat surface touchpad model with

no breakable buttons

Yes

Single & Twin models

Flat surface touchpad model with

no breakable buttons

Yes

Single & Twin models

Advanced software to customize control settings to 

your boat's exact specifications and to your needs

Yes

Advanced software to customize control settings to 

your boat's exact specifications

Yes

RADIO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
Dockmate®

Two Way radio transmission system (other systems are typically only one way)

Yes

transmitter / transceiver

to & from receiver

Two Way radio transmission system (other systems are typically only one way)

Yes

transmitter / transceiver

to & from receiver

FM radio modulation that is less prone to radio frequency interference

Yes

FM radio modulation that is less prone to radio frequency interference

Yes

Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) for reliable, secure & uninterrupted communication using 6 channels. Commonly used in today's Bluetooth, cell phones, & Wi-Fi networks

Yes

6 Channels

Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) for reliable & uninterrupted communication 6 Channels commonly used in today's Bluetooth, cell phones, & Wi-Fi networks

Yes

6 Channels

6 channel / 6x per second hopping on 72 channel band

Yes

On 433 Mhz band with FHSS

6 channel / 6x per second hopping

Yes

On 433 Mhz band with FHS

Range of Radio Transmission System

165 feet (50 meters)

Range of Radio Transmission System

165 feet (50 Meters)

$5,000 Extended Range Upgrade

Required for vessels over 83 ft in length

No

If desired, Antenna Extension

available, costs $60

$5,000 Extended Range Upgrade

Required for vessels over 83 ft in length

No

If desired, Antenna Extension

available, costs $60

ALARM SYSTEM & SAFETY
Dockmate®

Audio alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Audio alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Vibrating alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Vibrating alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Visual alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Visual alarm in the transmitter

Yes

Bob Arrington

Long-time boating educator & writer

"I’m writing to thank you for making such a great product and to share my experience with our new Dockmate® controller with you. My wife and I have a 54’ Ocean Alexander trawler we built new in 2012. We’ve cruised thousands of miles aboard our boat from Canada to the Bahamas...

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CUSTOMER SERVICE & WARRANTY
Dockmate®

3 year manufacturer's warranty

Yes

3 year manufacturer's warranty

Yes

30 day "no risk" satisfaction guarantee

Yes

30 day "no risk" satisfaction guarantee

Yes

20-40% restocking fee if dissatisfied and want to return product

No

20-40% restocking fee if dissatisfied and want to return product

No

Additional charge to remove remote control system if customer is dissatisfied with performance, or for any reason, within 30 days of installation

No

Additional charge to remove remote control system if customer is dissatisfied with performance, or for any reason, within 30 days of installation

No

Local USA parts availability & warranty service

Yes

Ft. Lauderdale

Local USA parts availability & warranty service

Yes

Ft. Lauderdale

Extensive USA Dealer Network

Yes

Extensive USA Dealer Network

Yes

We look forward to earning your business and to having you as a new & satisfied customer in the near future!