Innovations in Sailing

Technology has made its way into almost every aspect of our lives, including our recreational and leisure activities. Sailing is no exception.The biggest effect has been on the safety of the people aboard the boat. It is much safer to sail now than before. The world of sailing would be very different today without innovative companies like Aquro pushing boundaries and offering mobile backend as a service.

GPS

GPSEasily the most redefining change in modern sailing, the GPS has changed the way navigation is done forever. No more learning celestial navigation!

Satellite phones and Wi-Fi

Long distance communication is possible now thanks to accessible satellites. This has not only made sailing more convenient, but safer too. And for those who don’t want to separate themselves from society completely, wi-fi is accessible from most harbors in the world now.

Power cells

Absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries can be submerged, installed at odd angles, are maintenance free, shock and vibration resistant, do not emit noxious gases, and have a low discharge rate. It is no surprise that these power cell batteries are becoming the new standard in recreational boating. These AGM batteries can be combined with solar panels to ensure you never run out power.

Emergency communication devices

EPIRBs and GPIRBs: Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and the GPS enabled version (GPIRBs) can transmit their location to the nearest rescue centre via satellite on the 406MHz distress frequency. They can be activated either manually or hydrostatically (when the unit is submerged in water).

PLBs: The Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), the individual equivalent of the EPIRB, is registered to the person wearing it. These devices assist in locating and recovering a man overboard. They operated either via an Automatic Identification System (AIS) or non-geostationary satellites and the message goes directly back to the ship the person was on. PLBs are about the size of a cellphone.

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