Cruden to Unveil New Training Simulator for High-Speed Boat Operations


Cruden's high speed boat simulator, to be unveiled at the 7th High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) Forum – running from May 4 to 6 inclusive – in Lisbon, Portugal, aims to set a new industry standard in training for the piloting of small and fast boats. Cruden will bring an open-cockpit demonstrator to the HSBO Forum.

Cruden, an Amsterdam-based designer and manufacturer of motion-based simulators, software and vehicle models, will show what it says is a highly-accurate and realistic, full motion power boat technology demonstrator simulator.

Using detailed modeling and motion cueing techniques as well as professional image generation developed in the automotive and motorsport industries (including Formula 1TM), the simulator is designed to set a new training standard for offshore, coastguard, naval, search and rescue, and security and control applications. The simulator was developed with data gathered from the Dutch military on its fast interceptor vessels and security boats and Florida powerboat specialists.

"We are excited to announce our entry into the marine simulation market,' says Maarten van Donselaar, CEO of Cruden. "We believe our high-speed boat simulator is one of the first to combine real boat and associated hardware with professional wave and boat dynamics models and image generation for power boat training scenarios. While scenario-based simulator training is commonplace in the marine sector, this tends to be focused on larger craft. We are offering a new solution for training in critical safety and boat handling situations where motion, forces and dynamic feedback play an important part. We want to bring renowned Cruden technology to improve safety and reduce costs to new applications.'

Simulator highlights:
• 6-DOF 640 motion system
• Range of hulls available
• Shock-mitigating seat by Ullman Dynamics
• SIMRAD NSS7 and NSS12 EVO2 Chartplotter/multifunction displays
• Customers will be able to integrate their own hardware, if required
• Display either with on- or off-board projection systems
• Service and maintenance packages.

Cruden specializes in the design and manufacturing of interactive, motion-based simulators. The company develops equipment for international motorsport, including Formula 1, as well as vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. Originating from Fokker Aircraft Company in the late 1990s, the company was called FCS Racing Simulation before becoming Cruden in 2006.