Garmin tells us it’s introducing two new products today to change the way you look and see around your boat. As we watch electronics evolve, one of the biggest ways the manufacturers are helping boaters is by using more powerful computer processors to mine more useful information to display. The processors derive more useful information from the data coming in from the various sensors, whether it’s a radar unit, a sounder transducer, or anything else that gathers data from the real world.
Well boys and girls, it’s finally begun to happen. Technology in marine electronics is finally beginning to veer in the direction of the rest of consumer electronics in a big way. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get big-time functionality (Remember when basic laptop computers were three grand? I do. And don’t ask why I do).
As we were gearing up to leave Connecticut to start our trip, Danny gained strength and became a tropical storm and then a true-blue hurricane. At that point Erika was just a twinkle in our collective eye—one with the inauspicious name of 98L. She took on the name of Erika just as Danny lost his edge thanks to Sal. Or more accurately SAL, the Saharan Atmospheric Layer, which is a dust cloud high and dry in the upper atmosphere that sucks the energy from storms there this time of year.
When we spoke with Moore, the drawings of the tower had just been finalized and the “his” side of the master head was being put in place. “Really design-wise with Viking, it’s tough to come in and ask them to change anything because they’re pretty spot on, on everything,” he says. “I know Frank was big on the galley. Viking had to come up with some cool ways to make that happen and it all came together.”
I’ve always been fascinated by the technology in Seakeeper gyro stabilizers. Stabilization in general is part of boating and always has been, since the first shipwrights figured out how to make their boats more stable (using hull design) and therefore more pleasant to be on and safer in all conditions.