A salute to IBEX

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Disruptive technologies continue to make headlines. Some analysts predict that the PC market will never again achieve the numbers it once did, done in, so to speak, by tablets, smartphones and whatever the next big thing in mobile is. Think devices you will one day wear on your wrist.

The market has no patience for technology companies that can’t keep up with shifting consumer and business tastes in technology.

The marine world does not change at quite that pace, but it is by no means static, either. Technology and innovation continually shape how our boats are designed, built and used.

The best venue for keeping up with that change is IBEX, which runs Sept. 17-19.

To celebrate this seminal marine trade show, Soundings Trade Only is producing a story on the most important technologies and innovations of the last 20 years. At this stage, we’re still brainstorming and building our list. And we’re talking to designers, builders and others who have been around long enough to have some perspective on where things have been and where they may be headed.

We’ve been kicking around a shorthand list that includes a mix of technology and devices, from GPS, EPIRBs and AIS to a bunch of new engine technologies, modern composite construction and more.

We’d love to hear from you on this topic. What do you think should be included on a list of the key innovations in boats and equipment over the past two decades? Please post your comments below.

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