During the last fifty years, technology has drastically improved marine supplies in many different ways. Sailing on the open waves is safer than it ever way in the past thanks to these innovations and boat owners no longer have to work as hard as they once did.
Considering that, this article will draw your attention towards some of the most impressive and useful ways in which technology has taken marine supplies to a new level. With a bit of luck, after reading this information; you will come away with a newfound respect for the innovators who came up with the inventions, and you’ll also thank your lucky stars that you’re here to benefit from them in 2018.
Staying safe in the water
Most people think the most significant step towards marine safety occurred in 1996 when GPS became publicly available for the entire world. However, some would argue that the invention of the AIS receiver blows that move out of the water. The item enables boat owners to monitor shipping traffic over 300 tonnes, and it contains a transceiver that also broadcasts your position to other AIS-enabled traffic. That invention has made vast improvements in visibility for most sailors, and it helps to ensure water collisions have become a thing of the past. While radar has been around for a while, it never provides the same level of safety.
It’s possible to buy personal AIS beacons too, and those devices are a Godsend for those spending time on fishing boats where there is a decent chance they could fall into the water during heavy storms. The item activates if someone falls overboard, and it sends a MOB alert to the boat and any others within range. Fifty years ago, most people had to rely on a whistle attached to their life jacket if they wanted someone to pull them out of the ocean.
Staying buoyant in the water
Life jackets have helped to save thousands of lives at sea over the years. The issue with some of the old designs was that inflating the items could become tricky. That was primarily the case if the person had already fallen into the icy waters. Thankfully, the situation has changed in modern times, and now most boat owners will keep self-inflating life jackets aboard their vessels. The items are small enough to wear without restriction, and people can reuse the jackets if they replace the inflation canisters. Nobody knows how many more lives this invention will save, but it’s encouraging to know that safety is still a top priority for inventors and boating enthusiasts.
Staying on the right course
As mentioned a moment ago, GPS became publically available in 1996 because of the many benefits of using the system. Within months, the first affordable GPS navigational units made their way onto the market. Fifty years ago, steering a ship or boat in the right direction would involve using currents, seasonal winds and wave patterns. Thankfully, that is no longer the case for most fishers and hobbyists. Today, there are hundreds of different GPS systems available that use satellites to pinpoint your exact location within around ten meters. That makes it much easier for boats to remain on the right course and reach their destinations in the fastest time possible. So, thank your lucky stars that President Clinton decided to take the technology away from the military and give it straight to the people for free.
Of course, there is another piece of modern technology that uses GPS, and that’s called a Chartplotter. Most boats use them these days because they place a continually updated position on an electronic chart and show the vessels location in real time. That device assists boat owners in plotting their routes ahead of time and ensuring they avoid hazards along the way. You can even overlay radar, weather information, and AIS data.
If sailors who left England for Australia had some of this technology hundreds of years ago , perhaps the journey wouldn’t have taken more than ten weeks? Whatever you think about the evolution of marine technology, one thing is for sure; there has never been a better time to be alive and travel on the waves safely and securely. No matter where people sail in the world, the innovations mentioned in this article will take most of the hard work and risks out of their voyage. Will we continue to see new inventions in the coming years? You can bet your bottom dollar on that one!