Li-ion and digital switching
Advances in lithium-ion battery, charging
and management systems, including the use
of sustainable energy fuel cells, will continue
to dominate the transformation of boating
platforms as this technology becomes more
refined and affordable. Digital switching, control and monitoring of vessel system data on
any display or device will continue to evolve
requiring essential industry expertise.
Staffing, consolidation concerns
While the marine industry has made great
strides in education and training, attracting
and retaining talent continues to be challenging. The recent nationwide focus on the
importance of “Trades” education should
have a positive impact on the boating industry as a whole.
Industry manufacturing consolidation
provides both cause for concern as well as
hope. Consolidation can lead to fewer
choices, but can also strengthen and stabilize
the product and services pipeline.
Consistency in government regulation,
most recently consideration for taxing of
Technology boosts boating
The foremost positive trend is that technology will continue to evolve at a more exponential pace than ever. Boaters’ expectations
for reliable technology to simplify their leisure
time experience will keep the boating industry on the forefront of recreational choices.
Because we are accustomed to networks
and data accessibility in everyday life, the use
of apps and mobile devices will undoubtedly
continue to progress in the marine market,
making the need for dependable, stable base
platforms, communication and data networking ever more critical.
The evolution of electronic remote access
and monitoring of vessel critical and non-crit-ical system data to enhance safety and security
either in port or underway will likely expand
the ongoing concern of cybersecurity as
another industry trend for potential growth.
CEO, HWH Electronics
St. Pete Beach, FL
The application of NMEA 2000 installations
continues to expand, which is good for boaters
and boating. “Boat builders are recognizing the
benefits of integrating all vessel systems on
NMEA 2000 . . . they see real benefits in production efficiencies and delivering a higher quality
product.” —Kip Wasilewski, Maretron