Preparing your boat for a new sailing season is a necessary routine for every serious boat owner. Double checking that everything is in perfect working order, both when it comes to all technical aspects of the vessel as well as all safety features makes sure that your boat is ready for the future ventures. On the other hand, adding new features will make the new season more thrilling and fun. In the ocean of new sailing gadgets offered on the market every year, these will enrich you boat in the upcoming season.
GPS (a handheld one)
Yes, many would argue that a dedicated GPS device is redundant in today’s age of smartphones and perfectly useful GPS applications that can be installed and used for free. However, knowing exactly where you are at all times can mean the difference between life and death. This includes the possible situations where the battery of your smartphone is at the lowest level or those where the device proved not to be as waterproof as its label said. On top of that, smartphone GPS proved to be insufficiently accurate. This is the situation in which a handheld GPS can save not only the day but, your life, too.
Remember how many times you wished you had recorded all the great underwater activity you witnessed during your sails? Now is the time to make sure this never happens again. Until recently, durable underwater cameras that provide quality recording were rather expensive. Luckily, things have drastically changed and nowadays the choice of high quality underwater cameras is so big that practically everyone can find one that meets their budget.
A stereo system
Remember the joy you feel when you listen to your favorite music while taking a long drive? There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t experience the same thrill when you’re sailing. However, before you pick the stereo system that meets your audio preferences, there are certain precautions that need to be taken when a marine stereo system is concerned. Check the tech layout of your boat in order not to interfere with its basic structure during installation and make sure the stereo system elements are waterproof and durable.
The fact that keen sailors are nature lovers does not need to be elaborated on. However, some of the living things that are regularly encountered during sailing can be a nuisance, to put it mildly. This is particularly true of birds, especially if you like to fish during sailing. Pigeons, seagulls and cormorants, despite being beautiful and thrilling to watch, can make quite a mess on your boat when attracted by the smell of fish you caught or the bait you used. Bird Control Australia products save the day when it comes to deterring birds without harming them in any way.
Foldable solar panel
Although a solar panel is probably not on the top ten list of must have gadgets when the majority of boat owners are concerned, it was high time this changed. First of all, a foldable version is practical and takes less space while providing enough power to keep everything on your boat operating when you wish to shut the motors down and enjoy the peace and quiet. Rather handy, would not you agree?
Taking care of a sailing boat is very similar to taking care of a child. Above all, you need to bear in mind its wellbeing and health at all times. However, treating it with new toys is equally important to keep its life both prosperous and fun. Therefore, buying a couple of gadgets every season makes perfect sense.