marine services pedestal

We worked with the directors of Patron Power to design and develop the MPod 2 and MPod 300 marine pedestal to provide essential services to berthed watercraft, within a sophisticated unit specifically targeted at the high-end international marina market.

The pedestal design has waterproof power outlets and fresh-water connections combined into a central hub. It also provides general ambient illumination to assist marina berthing after dark.

Duration

12 months

Recognition

Good Design Award

We created the pedestal’s strong architectural aesthetic to reflect a premium marina environment. The design is versatile and modular. It can be configured to suit the needs of all forms of marine craft, from cabin cruisers to luxury motor yachts.

Our designers subtly recessed functional sockets, switches and taps on the pedestal to reduce visual impact while being accessible. Illumination provides soft feature lighting and functional lighting. We detailed MPod in aluminium and stainless steel for marine durability and corrosion  resistance. High-performance engineering plastics on exposed components ensure long term resistance to weather, extremes in temperature and UV light.

Our engineers developed a manufacturing solution for Patron’s MPod that was cost competitive, minimised assembly labour and suited small volume batch manufacture.

We specified the use of aluminium extrusions with assembly features including snap fits and self threading screw holes. The aluminium door module can be assembled without fasteners, and is attached by sliding it onto the main extrusion.  We created access for field maintenance via standard fasteners without the need for specialised tools.

We designed the pedestal to be modular to allow for shorter or taller units to be efficiently manufactured from the same extrusion profile, and customisable with combinations of single and three-phase electrical outlets.

With the new modular size customisation, one set of mouldings and extrusions produces at least four different types of units – the MPod 300, MPod 300-2 door, MPod 220 and SOS models.

Our engineers designed the system so it maintains a high degree of ingress protection (IP66)

The new pedestals are designed to be strong and resistant to the elements – sun, wind, salt rain, and rough treatment in busy marina environments.

We designed a ‘rail’ lighting detail that integrates and wraps around the entire unit providing significantly higher presence and visibility with only marginal increase in power usage. The rail lighting creates a precise ‘neon effect’ that is customised and programmed to a customer’s requirements. Crisp white light for the standard units, red neon for the emergency SOS unit and RGB mode has been slated for production enabling customers to change colours and lighting patterns on demand.

Critical circuit protection devices are easily accessible in case of an electrical fault and the self-sealing doors ensure devices remain protected from the elements, even if the user inadvertently forgets to shut the doors.

Our design simplifies installation and maintenance procedures. We developed a two-stage installation process. A mounting bracket is pre-installed at time of service rough-in. The final unit is connected once marina construction is completed.

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