What are the top 10 innovations in the last 20 years in the marine industry?
We asked a half dozen of the leading designers, builders and safety experts. GPS-generated electronic navigation, joystick helm control and computer-aided design stand out as the top three. The innovations fall under four categories: electronics, boat design and construction, safety and propulsion. New ideas, methods and products have made boating easier for consumers and boatbuilding more efficient and less time-consuming.
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The development of the 4-stroke outboard and cleaner, more efficient diesel engines, the increased use of resin-infused composite construction, the EPIRB and inflatable PFDs also rank high on the list. Surprises? Gyroscope stabilization.
“With every boat we draw now we have to have a planned space for [a gyroscope],” said Michael Peters, president of Michael Peters Yacht Design in Sarasota, Fla. “Five years ago we didn’t even think about this. It’s a huge development.”
We delve deep into these developments in the next issue of Trade Only.
— Chris Landry