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Old 07-16-2020, 11:46 AM
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1st Mate Marine Safety and Security System

In 2018 Mercury Marine and FELL Marine formed a partnership to co-develop marine wireless safety and IoT connected products. Since then we have been working hard to develop a system that seamlessly integrates with your boat’s engine and provides the ability to integrate with other devices on your vessel. We have incorporated your feedback and suggestions into this innovative and exciting new platform to make boating easier, safer, and more enjoyable than ever before.

This system is composed of a Hub, Captain and Passenger FOBS, as well as a Smartphone app. The main features of the system include:

• Man Overboard monitoring

• Distress Message capability

• Theft Deterrent functionality

• Vessel user and vessel sharing functionality


The Hub is easy to install using a plug and play harness (no splicing) and is mounted behind the dash and does not take up space on your console. What makes this product different is the ability to be upgraded “over the air”, so even though we have a number of breakthrough features at launch, the hardware and fobs can be updated to incorporate future enhancements. We also added a NMEA2k connection to integrate with your boat’s network, so vital MOB and eventually system data can be shared with compatible devices.

Mercury has released the version that supports Mercury SmartCraft® engines with another “All leading engine brands” version planned for release this fall. The second version will work with all leading Outboard engine brands. Because of the life saving and theft deterrent features, many boat insurance companies do offer discounts when installing 1stMate, please check with your insurance company for details.

We are sharing the official product release announcement from Mercury below that explains 1stMate in more detail and please also visit 1stmate.com to learn more. The system can be purchased from any authorized Mercury Marine dealer or distributor. We also expect many leading boat brands to include 1stMate as a standard or optional feature.

Please contact your authorized Mercury Marine dealer to place an order and request pricing information. Questions regarding installation requirements are at 1stmate.com or can be sent to support@1stmate.com

The MOB+ will continue to be sold and supported through the Fell Marine distributor network.

Yours Truly,

The Fell Marine Team




1st Mate Marine Safety and Security System

Introduced in June 2020 for Mercury SmartCraft® engines, delivers boating safety with convenience by pairing boaters’ mobile devices with wearable fobs to provide confidence through overboard alerts, distress messaging and theft-deterrence. 1st Mate is the boating industry’s first engine-integrated intelligent hub and wearable device that integrates with marine propulsion systems to provide safety alerts and information, including:

· Man Overboard monitoring

· Distress Message capability

· Theft Deterrent functionality

· Vessel user and vessel sharing functionality



*The 1st Mate mobile app is available now in the Apple Store for iOS devices, with a version for Android devices coming soon.


Here’s a High-level View of How 1st Mate Works

The 1st Mate wearable wristband fobs or carabiners for the captain and up to seven passengers sync with the 1st Mate app and hub.

If any person or pet with a fob falls overboard, 1st Mate sounds an audible alarm and sends to all users a visual notification that includes the date, time and GPS coordinates of the overboard incident. Also, the Man Overboard event screen in the mobile app will show the GPS location where the person or pet fell overboard, instructions on how to restart the engines, and a dynamic heading of the vessel to assist with returning to the location where the person or pet went overboard.

Additionally, if the Captain (the driver wearing the captain fob) falls overboard, 1st Mate:

· Immediately stops the engine(s)

· Initiates the Distress Messaging procedure (see Distress Message below)

Distress Message

If a boat captain (driver wearing the captain’s fob) falls overboard, 1st Mate can send a distress message to the emergency contacts designated on the captain's mobile app. The distress message includes location, heading, date and time of the “man overboard” event.

Theft Deterrent System (TDS)

Theft Deterrent System locks the boat’s engine(s) to prevent unauthorized use. When the captain is ready to get back behind the wheel, the engine(s) can be easily unlocked via the proximity of the captain’s wearable or by using the 1st Mate mobile app.

Disable in Neutral Mercury

SmartCraft® engine users have the option to “Disable in Neutral,” which prevents Man Overboard actions and alarms from occurring when the engine(s) is in neutral and the signal from a fob is lost. This feature is helpful when a captain or passenger leaves the boat at a dock to get supplies but doesn’t want to turn off the engine.

Additional Information Regarding 1st Mate:

· 1st Mate Website

· 1st Mate Marine Safety and Security System FAQs

*Contact your Mercury Authorized Dealer for additional information regarding 1st Mate™ Marine Safety and Security System.

Last edited by paul.petani@fellmarine.co; 07-27-2020 at 10:36 AM.
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