Cruden high speed boat simulator returns to HSBO Forum with night scenes, radar and VHF communication

Simulator company makes its second appearance at the HSBO Forum (Gothenburg, May 10-12) with an advanced, cost-effective training tool for the piloting of small and fast boats.

Cruden, the designer, manufacturer and integrator of simulators, simulator software, surface and vehicle models, will return next month to the HSBO (High Speed Boat Operations) Forum to show further developments to its highly accurate and realistic, motion-based power boat technology demonstrator. 

In the past 12 months, Cruden’s engineers have integrated night scenes and radar as well as the ability for trainees to better simulate real-life scenarios using VHF communications equipment.

Using detailed modelling and motion cueing techniques as well as professional image generation developed in the automotive and motorsport industries, the Cruden power boat simulator range is designed to set a new training standard for offshore, coastguard, naval, search and rescue, and security and control applications. The products are available with a choice of 2 or 6 DOF motion systems and either screens or a projection based system.

“The case for putting a simulator at the heart of small, fast boat training facilities is getting stronger and that is reflected in the interest we are receiving, particularly from defence organisations, coastguards, and search and rescue organisations. A simulator can help deliver more cost-effective, safer training hours with repeatable, programmable conditions and scenarios to create more skilful pilots.” says Maarten van Donselaar, CEO of Cruden.

Simulator highlights:

• Cruden 6 or 2 DOF motion system
• Range of boat types available
• Open architecture allowing use of common communication and navigation equipment (ECDIS, AIS, ARPA, VHF etc.)
• Seamless integration of standard equipment (SeaCross, SIMRAD, Raymarine, Furuno etc.)
• Shock-mitigating seats
• On- or off-board projection systems
• Dual-crew training
• Comprehensive, representative content features e.g. night time, weather changes, realistic light characteristics of buoys, ships, and landmarks etc.
• Full AAR capabilities

Fast Small Ship Simulator (FSSS) for Dutch navy progresses

The project, for which Cruden is a consortium partner, to deliver a new Fast Small Ship Simulator (FSSS) to the Royal Dutch Naval Defence School and the Royal Dutch Navy’s Surface Assault Training Group is well under way, with installation due later this year. Announced last year, the simulator will improve training and cut costs for the operation of small, fast ships in vital roles with the Dutch navy. Cruden has now delivered the simulator to consortium partner, the Marine Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN).  At MARIN, the consortium will spend 6 months to further improve the boat dynamics, sceneries and training scenarios .


About Cruden

Cruden is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and integrator of open architecture simulators for the automotive, motorsport and marine industries. The company supplies flexible, durable, high performing simulators and their modular components: hardware, software, dynamic models, content and screens and projectors. Originating from Fokker Aircraft Company in the late 1990s, Amsterdam-based Cruden was formed in 2004. The company launched its first high speed boat simulator in 2015.

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