New Look AutoAnchor 601 "Black Box" from Kiwi Yachting Consultants

AA601Kiwi Yachting Consultants announces the launch of a sleek new style AA601 “Black Box” rode counter. The AA601 is a unique chain and rope counter that integrates with an electronic control system to display the length of rode deployed on an array of display options.  The new ‘Black Box’ is robust, easily mounted, water proof, and looks slick.

The AA601 electronic module is designed to monitor the anchor through a host screen – be it a marine PC, a standard laptop or a screen supplied as part of a marine electronic control and monitoring system. It can also be displayed on the popular Garmin GMI 10.

The AutoAnchor 601 monitors the operation of the windlass, displays the length of anchor rode deployed and flashes an alarm when the anchor is approaching the boat for docking.  It also records the number of hours the windlass motor is in use to assist in windlass maintenance. This information is relayed to the on board computer for display.

Users have the option of the standard screen display software provided, or the software development kit to create a customised display. PC display options include digital, vertical bar, round bar or dial display. Plus there is the choice of colour and night and day display options. It is NMEA 0183 compatible.


This product builds on the proven reliability of the original, award winning AutoAnchor chain counters and incorporates many of AutoAnchor’s unique and innovative features. It accurately counts rope/chain or all-chain rode, has pre-set calibrations, built-in troubleshooting diagnostics, and a flashing docking alarm to warn the skipper that the anchor is approaching the boat.  The AA601 can be fitted to any windlass - DC electric windlasses using either a rope/chain or an all-chain rode; and hydraulic or AC powered windlasses using all-chain rodes.

A custom programmed USB direct adaptor eliminates the COM port issues frequently found when converting from RS485 to USB.  The AutoAnchor 601 can be linked together with the AA150 and AA550 for multiple stations.

Visit the Auto Anchor website or call Kiwi Yachting Consultants for more information.

Kiwi Yachting Consultants is now in the initial stages of an exciting new R & D project that will make Auto Anchor even easier to install, and make for seamless multi-station calibration.

Watch this space... www.autoanchor.co.nz

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