Innovative electronics and computerized systems now available simplify vessel and activity management afloat
Beyond NMEA2000 networks lies a new world of interactivity and connectivity. A new touch table allows several crew members to simultaneously plan a route, check onboard systems or play a game, even with wet fingers. Many engine manufacturers now offer joystick control, simplifying boat handling in tight quarters. For sailboats, there are new programmable sail trim systems that adjust sails automatically in response to wind speed and direction. But these features come with a caveat—they’re meant to simplify life for experienced sailors, not to encourage those who don’t know a bowsprit from a bilge pump to take to the waters.