Sailing is among the oldest and most dangerous occupations in the world. As long as humans have lived near large bodies of water, from major rivers and lakes to the ocean itself, people have been sailors. And as long as people have been facing the dangers of sea, they’ve been inventing and perfecting to lessen those dangers as well as to make fishing, navigation, speed, fighting and defense easier.
The quality and innovation of a civilization’s marine equipment as historically made a huge difference in the dominating of one nation over another, as the ability to master the waters brings the advantage of travel, food, national defense, and trade.
All this still holds true today, and although sailing, for both recreation and business, hasn’t ceased to be a huge risk, modern marine equipment enables sailors from weekend pleasure cruisers to seasoned professionals to enjoy sailing that is much safer, more convenient, and less physically challenging that that of our ancestors.
A major contributor to the safety of modern sailing is the introduction of radar technology. Radars are used to detect objects in the water and their location in relation to the position of the ship.
Radars work by sending out pulse signals and then calculate the distance, size and position of surrounding objects by the amount of time it takes for the pulses to bounce back. The radar creates images on screen, giving a visual of any potential hazards or obstacles in the water.
GPS systems, both fixed mount and handheld have also made a major impact on the safety of sailing. With the advent of GPS systems, there is virtually no reason for a ship to ever be lost or to stray off course. Fishfinders represent another breakthrough in marine technology that has changed sailing, and more specifically, fishing. Fishfinders do exactly that, they help fishermen locate fish in the vicinity.
Advanced fishfinders probe to various depths, and can even locate fish of a particular size and weight. Fishfinders come in different resolutions to give fishermen a clear picture of fish and help them locate specific species.
With so many electronic gadgets becoming standard fare on most ships and sailors relying on them so heavily for safety and navigation, it’s also imperative that every ship have some sort of battery charger.
All of the above mentioned marine equipment is designed to make sailing more enjoyable, rewarding and safe for all types of sailors. Finding the right marine equipment to suit individual sailing preferences and purposes can make sailing, fishing, and sightseeing at sea safe and pleasant.