Specialist exterior helm station designer and installer from New Zealand, IMED, will showcase its watertight outdoor control panels for superyachts at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show for the first time. Though the fully-custom, technologically-advanced helms have been installed in Europe before – with the team meeting yachts globally to complete helm installations – this is the first time IMED will attend a European boat show. The company’s helms take pride of place on a spread of luxury vessels, including S/Y Genevieve, luxury yacht Silvertip, motor yacht Como, superyacht Destination, sailing yacht Thalia, and the tenders of mega yacht A.
IMED’s helm panels are designed to suit any installation, and crafted in carbon fibre, membrane or glass and the innovation they represent mean they’re being hailed as game changers by captains. Former captain of superyacht Thalia, Jake Reid, says IMED’s electrical knowledge is the best he’s encountered in the industry.
“I’d like to thank IMED for the great job they did in designing, manufacturing and installing new helm station panels on S/YThalia. The panels operate exactly as required and they look great. [IMED’s] electrical knowledge is the best I have come across anywhere in the superyacht world,” says Reid.
Completely waterproof, they’re designed to resist anything the elements throw at them while delivering control, functionality and reliability. They’re also created with the engineer in mind. While the functionality these helm stations deliver is complex, the IMED team have bundled components into simple elements so that, if repairs are needed during the helm station’s life, they can be managed onsite by the yacht’s own engineer with a small selection of spares.
IMED creates everything from rudder angle indicators to LED dimmers in-house to guarantee the quality of the finished product it delivers.
“S/Y Destination won the Boat International Refit of the Year Award in 2012 and IMED were a valuable contributor to that accolade,” says Mike Lawrence, captain S/Y Destination.
IMED will be bringing a helm station to the Monaco Yacht Show and invites you to come and see the difference for yourself. Waterproof, backlit, beautiful and functional – come and see just how good a waterproof, hard-wearing helm station can look and function. IMED will be in New Zealand Street, Quai Jarlan, QJ10.