The car industry has been experiencing a technological upheaval in recent years. Vehicles that can park themselves, electric and hybrid engines, semi-automatic driving, routes recommended by GPS and sensors to avoid collisions are just a small sample of the many innovations flooding the market today. In the nautical sector, however, some of these technological advances have been implemented for some time. One obvious example of this is that boats were navigating using routes set with the help of GPS geolocation on digital maps long before Google Maps appeared in our lives.
The connected boat has reached cruising speed and one of the most popular of today’s features is remote control of the vessel. Many of the actions necessary for running a boat can now be controlled from a smartphone or tablet, without even being on board. Some of the latest applications available on the market will be on display at the 56th edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show, for IOS and for Android, capable of converting mobile devices into genuine navigation control screens. Among these are Easyport, a mobile app that includes a full range of services for navigation and SmartBoat, another app that monitors the key parameters of the boat and warns the owner of any incident without the need to be physically on board; then there is the Quatix 5 l’smartwatch per a amants de la navegació de la marca Garmin smartwatch by Garmin, for keen sailors, which, among other functions, offers the possibility of remotely controlling the vessel.
The classic sonars that mapped the seabed are moving with the times as well, and any leisure craft made today can see a more detailed view of the seabed than the best professional fishing vessels of only five years ago. These devices also enable this monitoring in real time, uploading the information to the cloud and sharing it with thousands of other sailors around the world.
The boat of the future will be increasingly integrated, with an interface that can show all the operations running. The system is inspired by the on-board computer used in cars, and will make leisure sailing easier by bringing all the different systems on the boat, such as lighting, battery charging and fluids (water and fuel) and others, together in a single point. The foremost of these systems is that developed by Bénéteau, Europe’s largest boat builder.
SeaYo offers automated management of the safety aspects of the vessel such as its GPS location, bilge pumps, impacts on the hull or even the battery and navigation parameters. And it offers this control through a touch screen interface.
There is a whole new wave of applications reaching the market now that aim to simplify the activity of sailing in order to make it more accessible to the general public.