VIDEO: Innovation has shaped the last two decades

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Click play to watch.

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

Related

NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.