“Testing and evaluating radar products to maximise performance has been central to my career and everytime Raymarine deliver the best quality of product for the leisure and commercial marine markets.”
Master Marine Profile - Alan Watson
A continual interest and expertise in radar and electronic navigation
Alan Watson is an ex merchant navy radio officer and a consultant in marine electronics and radar. In recognition of a lifetime in maritime world, Alan was made a Livery of the Worshipful Company of Shiprights and a Freeman of the City of London – an honour bestowed on few...
One way or another Alan’s career has had radar and navigation central to his role, be that testing and evaluating radar equipment or his sheer expertise in this field. His depth of knowledge in this area is called upon by the Royal navy amongst others who value his unmatched depth of knowledge on the subject.
Today Alan Watson enjoys cruising on his Nelson 42, Trinity Star however regularly find himself at the helm of a variety of vessels where is expertise and knowledge is valued.
“I’ve been an Ambassador for Raymarine for over 10 years now,” says Alan “latterly running the UK based training which is extremely enjoyable sharing and imparting my knowledge and experience to enable others to get more from their equipment but above all I love that I too continue to learn and be exposed to new technologies through the work I do with Raymarine.”
“Every time I am on board I use it as an opportunity to broaden my own knowledge and understanding of the ever developing technologies.” says Watson, every outing on the water represents an opportunity for extra knowledge and new techniques. “To go exploring or testing new software keeps me on my toes and learning.”
Alan has something that is irreplaceable as far as Raymarine are concerned – his product knowledge and academic knowledge of the radar and navigation is totally unprecedented but above all it is ability to impart this knowledge with our customers in such a user friendly way which sets him apart – and we know this wouldn’t be possible if Raymarine products didn’t deliver.
“Teaching end consumers how to use the equipment is made easy as the equipment is of such high quality,” says Alan “I’ll always be biased but the latest Quantum Doppler has moved on radar navigation for customers in a way that makes my job easy”.
Quantum Doppler displays several unique technologies giving a distinct advantage over similar units. “The clarity of the image and way Doppler highlights advancing vessels is clear and easy to interpret. Add to this the guard zone feature enables those at the helm to make informed decisions” he says.
A MATTER OF TRUST
Alan openly says he could never do his job training if he didn’t believe in the products he is working with. For Alan the radar remains a fundamental product in any on-board system offering extra safety day or night. For any over night crossing radar would want a radar on board.
“What I love about my Quantum Doppler is the sheer ease of interpreting the screen images” Watson says. “when linked to an Axiom system it is just like using a smartphone. You have very simple menu selection, offering a variety of screen options... it just does it all.”