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says Calder. “The key to making this useful is
understanding the aging and failure characteristics of all our systems and their components,
and having smart people who can process all
Better for boaters
That’s true for the industry but what about
Kane points out that the average boater is
between 58 and 72 years old and they’re not
exactly hip on the Io T, much less the IoB. But
adoption rates are expected to increase among
the younger chartering and boat club crowd
that can somehow work the benefits into social
media. “Adoption rates will be higher if it
comes through different doors other than
[actual] boat ownership,” adds Kane.
We do know that boaters of all ages like the
idea of remote control of the vessel. If you can
set the mood with music and lights, turn on
the A/C and get the livewell cycling remotely,
the enhanced boating experience starts before
you even step aboard. If you know whether a
hatch has been opened or if the vessel dragged
anchor, that’s useful enough for boaters to
reach for their wallets. Also, for the boater the
IoB may translate to increased confidence,
knowing that the engines are healthy and that
the latest navigation software has been
installed. It’s also comforting to know that the
response time to fix problems could be shorter
so there’s a more supported adventure every
time the dock lines are untied.
“JBL, Clarion and Lumishore are among the
many who are already working on the details
and remote app control,” says Kane. “And it
will trickle down quickly from yachts to center
consoles and other smaller boats so the whole
spectrum of boating will be impacted.”
“We believe that this will change the boat-
ing experience for the better because boaters
will have greater confidence to leave the dock
when maintenance is proactive and the boat is
ready to go,” adds Harper. “Even being able to
turn on spreader lights via an app when
returning to the boat at night will make them
Although much of the crux of what makes
up the IoB will happen behind the scenes, an
intuitive user interface is critical to make
boaters want to get involved and enable the
process. That’s why we already see MFDs mim-
icking the functionality of personal electronics
like smartphones and tablets with pinch-to-
zoom touchscreens and swipe commands.
Expect to see more app-driven functionality
Now and smart household items like the Nest
thermostat. These everyday items are chang-
ing our lives in ways we couldn’t have antici-
pated. Now, think of all the attention around
self-driving cars, which is an exciting proposi-
tion that is also a little scary. That’s a bit like the
IoB. Who will adopt it? What will it cost? How
much will it save? What will boating look like
in another decade? How can dealers get in on
it? Who knows at this time? But we do know
pop up on the chartplotter, where the IoB
seems to be getting much of its start.
The idea is to have a boat that virtually
takes care of itself. Calder adds, “It’s impossi-
ble to know at this time, but it is fair to
assume that a significant part of the monitor-
ing of our systems will become unnecessary
as the boat will do this for us and let us know
when we need to take certain actions.”
Fifteen years ago, Bill Gates predicted the
development of personal assistants like Google
Remote monitoring is a popular and useful option for a wide range
of boaters. Siren Marine’s app allows users to track their boat’s
location and several functions on a portable device. GOST’s
Phantom is a wireless security and monitoring system that supports
up to 64 sensors and alerts users if a problem occurs.
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