WASSP now protecting 1500m of Superyachts globally

Exploring new waters, and creating their own charts has seen WASSP Multibeam Sonar Systems become ‘must have’ equipment for superyacht owners with WASSP systems now protecting over 1500m of superyachts globally.

WASSP Multibeam Sonars are now installed onto superyachts from some of the worlds leading builders, including vessels from Amels, Damen, Feadship, Lurssen, Sunseeker, Fincantieri, Oceanco, Abeking and Rasmussen. Vessels as small as 29m through to over 190m in length.

With the growth in owners, guests and crew wanting to explore new locations, explore new fishing spots, diving wrecks and reefs, keeping the yacht safe at new undiscovered anchorages is a growing concern for captains around the world.

WASSP W3 (Wireless) is ideally suited to use when navigating in unknown waters or where marine charts lack sufficient detail, WASSP W3 takes the risk out of the equation for the captains of these large and very expensive vessels. 

“WASSP multibeam provides captains the confidence to try different locations, allowing them to build their own bathymetric maps and use them to navigate, knowing they can trust them,” says WASSP Global Sales & Marketing Manager Rufus Whiteford.

“Yacht owners are wanting to explore more with their vessels, and get off the beaten track so to speak. Detailed bathymetric data allows for yachts to safely enter bays, lagoons, fjords or any area where depth information is not available or unreliable.”

“We are experiencing increased enquiry levels from Captains and owners looking for the latest in sonar technology and with that are now seeing the systems installed on a large number of vessels globally – totally 1500m of yacht length.”

Installed in the tender or support vessel of a superyacht, the W3 uses a wireless link to send a real-time sea floor map back to the super yachts bridge system and display on a MaxSea navigation plotting platform - all in real-time.

One of the major advantages of W3 is that the main equipment is installed in the tender so there is very little interruption in day to day operations of the mother ship or the need to go into drydock. Such is the simplicity of the system that some have even been installed by yachts crew with WASSP engineers just involved in commissioning and training. 

Once installed and thanks to the very wide swath width and hundreds of beams the seafloor can be mapped quickly and in high resolution. A standard echosounder only measures one point at the time, whereas WASSP Multibeam measures 224 points at the time over a coverage of 120 degrees.

WASSP Multibeam will be exhibiting at the upcoming Superyacht Cup at Palma, June 19-22. A WASSP Multibeam sonar will be fitted onto a vessel offering live demonstrations if you book in.




Image 1:  W3 allows for wireless connection with the WASSP sounder so a tender can survey for safe navigation in advance of the approaching mother ship.

Image 2: WASSP Multibeam gives superyacht captains underwater information they haven’t previously been able to view.

Image 3: Seafloor profiling from a WASSP W3 multibeam sonar system.


Notes to Editors

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  • WASSP, an acronym for Wide Angle Sonar Seafloor Profiler, is a multibeam sonar system manufactured by ENL Group in New Zealand under ISO9001/2000 certification. Research and development of WASSP commenced in 2000 with the first system being sold in 2004.
  • WASSP systems are designed, developed and tested to meet the rigorous demands of the fishing industry, the professional and commercial marine industry, government agencies including Marine Police and Maritime Safety, hydrographic surveyors, divers and explorers.
  • WASSP provides high resolution 3D bottom profiling, 2D bottom profiling, accurate backscatter, dynamic fish detection in the water column, traditional high-resolution commercial echo sounder offering bottom-lock, triple beam and quint beam which can be licensed to suit the individual customers when using the new WASSP DRX. New licensing arrangements are continuing to be developed or enhanced following the VOC (voice of the customer).
  • WASSP has three core products, utilising the same core technology, aimed at different markets:
  • S3 for the Survey market including dredging, dive site profiling, wreck hunting and many other survey activities
  • F3 for the Fishing industry allowing the operator to get great detail on the seabed profile and hardness to ensure they are fishing efficiently and effectively in a sustainable way while avoiding rough areas that can damage expensive equipment
  • W3 allows for wireless connection with the WASSP sounder so a tender can survey for safe navigation in advance of the approaching mother ship. The W3 has proven very popular for mega yachts and military applications.
  • In addition to its Head Office in Auckland, New Zealand, WASSP has a sales and marketing office in Maldon, Essex in the UK covering EMEA and the Americas, and a worldwide network of accredited agents.
  • WASSP Ltd is owned by ENL Group, a well-established 73 year old New Zealand company with its HQ based in Auckland New Zealand and offices in Nelson and Maldon, Essex. Shareholders in ENL Group include FURUNO Electric Japan and the Hodson family.