Boaters have always been torn between tradition and technology – and as new advancements are being made, it is becoming more apparent that the world of boating is changing at a starting pace. From basic smartphone apps to advanced GPS and navigation products, there are countless technological devices that can promote the safety of boaters, while enhancing the overall boating experience. Although there will always be a few skeptics, more and more boaters are getting onboard with some of the hottest gadgets on the market.
Technology not your thing? For those who may not know where to start, Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. presents a few of our favorite technological devices that all boaters should consider:
For those taking small steps into the technology world, it’s easy to understand the importance of having an iPod onboard. While the iPod wasn’t designed specifically for boaters, it is becoming a necessary device utilized by anyone who spends a decent amount of time on the water. Numerous boat manufacturers are making their user manuals iPod/iPhone friendly, allowing for easy and convenient access to any information about one’s particular boat and model. Magellan also makes a ToughCase which is waterproof and allows for safe use on the water. The case also comes equipped with a built-in battery extender and allows for high sensitivity GPS reception. And for those who are in search of WiFi for total connectivity, there is the hFiel Wi-Fire WiFi Adapter that provides signal and fast internet speed to boaters up to 1,000 feet from a router.
Do you live far from your vessel? Are you constantly concerned about the state of your boat while it’s docked? Boat owners have a natural desire to know what is happening when their boats are unattended and Boatsafe Sentry has recognized this need, creating a product that allows boaters to monitor their boat from any location with a WiFi connection. Simply connect your boat to the cloud with Boatsafe Sentry sensors and enjoy real-time status reporting to your cell phone or email. This technology monitors everything from bow to stern, providing information such as if your bilges are dry or your boat as been moved. Because we specialize in boat maintenance in San Diego, we know that identifying problems right when they occur can go a long way in preventing larger, more serious issues from taking place.
Autopilots are rapidly emerging as a fundamental element in steering and navigational systems. One of the newest and most innovative autopilots on the market today is Raymarine’s Evolution autopilot with new sensor technology and an EV Sensor core. Engineered for simplicity, the easy to install product requires little setup or calibration. In fact, the autopilot automatically adapts to your boat’s steering characteristics, without you having to do a thing. Providing extreme accuracy, autopilots using the Evolution are better able to perceive their environment, thus better able to calculate steering commands and maximizing performance.
Technology is constantly changing and boaters should consider taking advantage of all the gadgets available to them! For more information about boating technology or for help finding the right boat for you, contact Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. at 619-222-3620. Come check out our wide selection of used boats including used Sea Rays, Carvers, Riviera and much more.