Drop The Anchor: Tech To Keep You Afloat

Drop The Anchor: Tech To Keep You Afloat

For those who like to spend time taking part in nautical pursuits, there have been numerous advances in technology to keep people safe on the high seas. Even systems that we seem to take for granted elsewhere can now make it possible for one person to sail around the world alone. These extraordinary feats would have seemed impossible years ago, and as the demand for boating increases, so does the need to facilitate that demand with technology. Whether you are out at seaor docked in port, there are a variety of gadgets available from which to choose.

Thermal imaging has been one emerging area to see improvements recently,and complements the traditional radar but without drawing as much power. Thermal imaging will allow clear visibility of dangers, such as icebergs, but also show the heat map of those unfortunate enough to have fallen overboard in dark waters. While expensive at the moment, it is widely expected to fall within a more affordable range in the near future. Wireless radar is another area to see improvement by taking away the requirement for wired connections and allowing freedom of movement around the boat. Devices such as these can integrate with the iOS platform and allow you to call up the radar imaging on your iPad or iPhone.

For those having trouble with fishing, there are a number of gadgets that will help you to locate a schoolof fish that’s been evading you. Sonar GPS devices use CHIRP (Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse) DownVision technology, which offers a high resolution underwater image more akin to photographs than the regular view, whether you are looking for fish or sunken treasure.

With the extra technology available making boating more accessible, there comes the issue of availability within harbors. Pontoons allow for the use of various floating materials to be implemented, and substantially increase the available space for mooring boats. This technique can be used not only for harbors but also for easily creating floating gangways, ‘piers, and docks. Aluminium pontoons contain’ all I require is a space between docks and Aluminium. Marine grade aluminum construction with stainless steel assembly materials can be matched with a choice of surface finishes; they can be coupled with modular platforms, and can be designed to match every requirement. The improvements within this area have been significant, with highly specialized teams now available for consultancy around all the elements thatneed to be considered, such as low water levels and estimate weight capacities.

It is clear that innovation and advancements within the technology field are making boating easier and more accessible as a leisure pursuit. Whether it be safety orientated with night or thermal vision, or GPS locaters for discovering wrecks for diving, these devices enhance an already pleasurable pastime. Couple these areas with the ability to increase harbor space using floating pontoons and you can see boating becoming even more popular than it is today.


Umair is senior news producer. Working with multiple news agencies I try to produce short, informative and to-the-point updates. Connect on FB, Twitter and G+ for instant updated.

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