What’s New in Boat Design and Technology

Hi, it’s Keith the boating guy.

Today’s topic: what’s new in boat design and technology.

Overall, it’s a great time to be a boater. Today’s boats and engines are better designed and better built to let you make the most of your time on the water.

Boats today are a lot faster than they used to be. Thanks to advances in hull design, the materials and processes used to build boats has also improved resulting in vessels that are both lighter and stronger.

Another change is the focus on boating as a family friendly activity. One example of this would be deck boats and other similar open concept boat designs. Newer deck boats are built for fun, combining fast run-about hulls with spacious decks. Think of a deck boat as a cross between a pontoon and a bow rider. Most are very kid friendly.

Some of the biggest changes in the last decade have been in engine technology. For starters, carburetor two-stroke outboards have been pretty much legislated to extinction and 4 stroke outboards have taken their place. While the days of carburetors are gone, the age of computers has just begun. Yes, I said it. Marine engines have finally entered the age of computers with nearly every engine company offering a line up of solid, reliable, fuel-injected computerized engines.

Now let’s talk about what really moves the boat – propellers! There’s never been such a fantastic collection of really good propellers as there is today. Better yet, we’re not talking about custom props. All the major propeller companies offer models that work well right out of the box.

To see the latest and greatest technologies, visit a boat show.

To sum it up: boating has changed a lot in the past decade or two and it’s all for the better. But one thing hasn’t changed; life is better with a boat.

Good luck with all your shopping, see you out in the water.

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