|Fishing or Football?|
Why not both? Here’s how to integrate high-tech audio-visual entertainment with boating safety, security, and functionality.
By Elizabeth A. Ginns — March 2003
If you're anything like me, you enjoy participating in all the activities that weekends afford, and one of your chief goals in life is to achieve a state of complete and utter relaxation. I like boating and fishing, but I also sometimes enjoy sleeping in on Saturday morning and kicking back to watch the Pats' game on Sunday. (I'm from Boston, what can I say?) Doing all these things at once, though, presents a problem: It's difficult to be in the cockpit waiting to hook-on to a striper and at the same time watch Tom Brady make a stellar touchdown pass. Similarly, it's hard to be at anchor and check my depth and position from my berth when I'm sleeping in on Saturday morning. And, if you've ever been underway on a boat with an engine problem, you know it's impossible to relax when you're 25 miles offshore and you're hearing funny noises from the engine room.
Imagine what it'd be like to fish and watch the game, sleep in and check your course from your berth while at anchor, or be on the flying bridge and monitor the engine room all at the same time. Sound too good to be true?
Well, these days it's more of a possibility than ever before, and you don't even need to own a megayacht or have a five-person crew to make it a reality. Several manufacturers have made groundbreaking strides in incorporating high-tech safety, security, and entertainment features into boats 40 feet and longer.
But the premise for developing these technological wonders might not be what you first think it is. While I'm sure "because it looks darn cool!" and saving space are reasons people install these high-tech systems on their boats, I was delighted to learn that the reasons go far beyond their coolness, and the more logical issues of safety, security, and function are at the top of the list. And, conveniently enough, many systems are designed to incorporate all these concerns into one package.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.