Some designers and boatbuilders say gyroscope stabilization will be part of most boats’ standard equipment in the coming decade.
“I see in boats from 45 feet and up a continued growth of gyro stabilization technology,” says Bill Blount, CEO of Donald L. Blount and Associates, a Chesapeake, Va., design firm.
Here is our list of the top 10 and honorable mention innovations in recreational boating during the past two decades, compiled through interviews with leading designers and engineers:
There’s a saying that life’s too short to own an ugly boat. That may be true, but a boat with beautiful lines can lead to a potential owner ignoring its flaws and purchasing a nightmare.
“When looking at a boat that you may want to buy, always think with your head and not your heart,” says marine surveyor George Gallup (www.gallupyachtsurveying.com).
Headed to any of the winter shows — perhaps the Miami International Boat Show or the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach? Keep an eye out for what I call “boat show blunders.”
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