Unichip Marine's philosofy; “let's make it better” applies to better performance, better reliability and better safety. Engines are our passion and this philosofy has driven us to produce the first engine control unit specificaly designed for the harsh marine environment.
Unichip Marine was originaly formed as a partnership between a renowned race car engine tuner and the owner of a UK based boat chandlery and marina. Both having many years of experience working first with the best motorsport teams and secondly understanding requirements for marine engines. The passion is engines, making them safer, more reliable and consequently, more powerful.
Initially purchasing a SeaRay 215 with a Mercruiser petrol engine it was quickly established how archaic, marine engine technology was, especially in engine control and emission requirements – this being reflected in the poor performance of this boat.
With the background in engine technology, the boats engine was quickly modified, vastly improving performance and reliability. Speaking with other boat and pleasure craft owners, it was recognised how common it was for boat owners to experience niggling engine problems and poor performance / economy.
Modern engine control systems monitor many parameters on the engine providing the ability to still perform under fault conditions. However, this level of technology is extremely basic on older boat engines. As an example, older boats will experience up to a 50% drop in engine performance if the engine coolant temperature sensor fails. Due to the technology used on these older craft, there are many system checks that can only be diagnosed and resolved by marine engineers often resulting in large diagnostic repair bills. Do not forget that most marine engineers are trained and experienced on modern systems from the last decade, not with the older systems that many of us still use.
These problems, often caused by faulty wiring and gauges, could simply be improved utilising a modified version of technology currently used in the automotive industry. Therefore, the idea for Unichip Marine was born – a simple to install system yet, sophisticated in its control and personalised to a marine environment that would provide boat owners with the precise information they need to control fuel economy, manage safety and improve performance.
Every boat operator would like to get on plane a little quicker. The Unichip Marine module will allow you to get there.