As we prepare to wave goodbye to 2017, it seems fair to look back at the new technology introduced to the boating industry this year. Some big boating mechanisms are rather complicated and difficult to understand.
Allow technology to make it all easier. Boating enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes use technology to optimize a whole array of tasks onboard.
Take some time to look back on a few of the most functional and useful tech gadgets released on the market this year, and see what you have been missing. You may find a few products you had not heard much about, and decide to make a new investment.
This year was the beginning of ventilated rod storage
It may sound somewhat unimportant, but the difference between a ventilated rod storage area on a boat and a non-ventilated storage area is vast. 2017 marks the beginning of boats being produced with ventilated storage areas.
Without proper ventilation in your rod storage box, you can build up mold and collect other stinky bacteria. Any fisherman understands the true benefit to the addition of a tiny bit of air circulation in the rod box.
A wind meter for your phone collects valuable data
Some of the yearâ€™s technology was built upon a very accessible current technology. The WeatherFlow wind meter plugs right into your smartphone. It will give you invaluable information while boating.
Plug the small device into your phoneâ€™s headphone jack, and instantly gather information regarding wind speed, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. There is also a Bluetooth option, if you would rather not have something plugged into your smartphone.
Leatherman multi-tool wristband equips you
Boating requires the seaman to understand the ins and outs of every part of their vessel. You should know how to disassemble and reassemble your vessel before considering yourself fully confident in your boating abilities.
Tools are a vital part of boating, and what is better than a tool that looks great when you wear it. This tool will not get lost, either. The Leatherman multi-tool wristband looks much like a watch band, but it has built-in allen wrenches, box wrenches, and screwdrivers.
Nature Power Lithium-Ion Charger and Jump Starter Kit
Portable power is a safety booster for all those who choose to spend their time on the water. You never know when you will need an independent power source in the middle of the ocean.
The Nature Power Lithium-Ion Charger and Jump Starter Kit is powerful enough to jump your boatâ€™s engine if your electrical issues cause problems. It also comes with an LED flashlight and strobe for SOS calls.
Solar-powered inflatable lanterns will light up the night
Light up the night with your solar-powered inflatable lantern. Just hook the lantern to a place that receives direct sunlight, and you will never find yourself in the dark.