Marine Electronics for fishing: a MaxSea Testimony

Longtime MaxSea user Dimitri Rogoff is a fisherman and the president of the Normandy Scallop Committee in France. Here, he talks about his experience with MaxSea marine electronics products onboard:

I have used MaxSea navigation software since 1993 and have witnessed the software evolution that has taken place since then.

MaxSea’s strength is that it has always listened to its customers and has used this feedback to develop their valuable tools for navigation and fishing.

Dimitri's boat "En passerelle le Sauvage"
Dimitri’s boat “En passerelle le Sauvage”

My boat’s marine electronics system

My boat “En Passerelle le Sauvage” (“Gateway to the Wild”) is equipped with:

I recently installed a dedicated PC with VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and Iktus to transmit logbook data.

Marine electronics set up
The marine electronics system aboard

What I like about MaxSea TimeZero

Dimitri Rogoff onboard
Dimitri Rogoff onboard

MaxSea TimeZero is even more powerful than MaxSea’s older version software and its design is great for managing and categorising all the fishing data I have recorded over the last two decades.

Earlier this year I sold my boat, but I remain present in the industry. Now I use MaxSea TimeZero for on-land purposes. I use it to manage scallops and to create and define boundaries.

This works very effectively as each fisherman can leave port with the file containing these boundary areas and rules.

Then they simply connect their USB stick to their MaxSea TimeZero installation to access all the data that was decided on during a previous committe meeting – easy!


Thanks for sharing this information Dimitri!

Follow Dimitri’s adventures on his Twitter account here.


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What marine electronics software and hardware are required for the Vendée Globe?

The Vendée Globe race, also known as the Everest of the Seas, is the first non-stop solo race around the world without assistance. The 16 ocean skippers (Nov. 19th) will have to sail 25.000 miles around the world and try to arrive first with the help of their own sailing skills and impressive equipment ranging from freeze-dried food to complex solar power plants.

Michel Desjoyaux using MaxSea marine navigation software Today, we’re going to focus on the vast array of marine electronic software and hardware and all the means of communication, navigation and localization that are required on board by the Fédération  Française de Voile and is listed on the IMOCA’s Equipment Inspection for Offshore Racing:

  • VHF fixed
  • Masthead antenna for transmission/reception alternatively on AIS and VHF
  • Spare VHF Antenna
  • HD Camera x 3: 2 fixed (1 inside, 1 outside) and 1 waterproof mobile
  • Radio receiver
  • Hand-held waterproof VHF Radio with batteries charged and spares, next to the chart table
  • AIS transceiver, active and software to visualize AIS cables
  • FleetBroadband 250 or 500 (Inmarsat)
  • Iridium OpenPort
  • Other satellite equipment
  • Boat’s Standard C fitted with GPS card + software for polling and data reporting
  • Antenna free from any obstacle (60 cm) and at sufficient height (55 cm)
  • Radar target enhancer (RTE)
  • Impulse Radar: power >2 kW or Broadband radar
  • Radome at least 5m above the waterline
  • GPS
  • Echo sounder
  • Speedo/Speed indicator
  • 2 EPIRB – Distress Beacons coded and registered in the boat’s name
  • PLB in skipper’s name
  • Individual AIS localization beacon
  • Paper marine charts for the whole course: scale from 1/5 000 000 to 1/10 000 000
  • Paper charts or photocopies or screen prints from a marine navigation software or cartography software for landcalls in (click links to access MaxSea’s equivalent charts):

Skippers Vendée Globe 2012-2013The 2012 edition of the Vendée Globe, a French race who takes place every 4 years, started on November 10th from les Sables d’Olonne and will last for 3 months.

MaxSea International is one of the official suppliers of this sailing event. 

The History of MaxSea Infographics 1984-2012

Many of you might have some questions regarding our company’s past and present. Well, this infographics is intended to help you understand our history through some key dates and facts.

The History of MaxSea1984-2012 - marine navigation software leader

Key Dates 

1984 – Brice Pryszo, naval architect and passionate about informatics, invents a revolutionary algorithm for automated sea routing

1985 – Creation of Informatique et Mer company and its first software for Mac, called MacSea

End of 80’s – After a huge success in the french market, MaxSea starts developping its distribution network. Iceland becomes its first distributor, followed by other scandinavian countries

1994 – Foundation of the electronic cartography company MapMedia


  • Switch from Mac to PC
  • Company and software change their name to MaxSea
  • Launch of 3D PBG  module

1990-2000 – MaxSea’s distribution network covers Northern Europe

2000 – Setting-up of a US subsidiary company: MaxSea Inc.

2001 – SigNet Group was created to group together all companies: MaxSea International, MaxSea Naval and MapMedia

2000-2005 – Further expansion of MaxSea’s distribution to Southern Europe and Latin America

2004 – Technical and financial alliance with FURUNO, marine electronics leader

2007 – Foundation of MaxSea Naval, the Spanish subsidiary

2008 – Launch of TimeZero technology and first sailing software powered by it: MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and Explorer

2009 –

  • Purchase of Nobeltec, main rival and US leader
  • Launch of MaxSea Webstore

2010 – Launch of MaxSea TimeZero professional range: ECS and Plot

2011 – Launch of Nobeltec software powered by TimeZero technology

This is the first of a series, we will hopefully enhance the aesthetics of the next one!

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