Top 10 Innovations in the History of Sailing

From the Vikings to titanic to the modern-day ships, sailing has undergone major advancement. Here are the top ten innovations in the history of sailing that has redefined safety and precision.

  1. AIS: The AIS receiver is the device that enables you to monitor shipping traffic well above 300 tons. It also broadcasts your location to other AIS-equipped traffic.
  2. Radar: Radars help detect other ships in vicinity, which has guided mariners for decades in avoiding collisions and detect any changes in the weather.
  3. The self-inflating lifejacket: Even though this lifejacket can even up to 275N in terms of flotation, it packs up small and has saved many.
  4. Radar Target Enhancer: When the radar detects a signal, the enhancer amplifies the return signal so that it is prominently detectable and unmissable.
  5. Tether: For boats and sails a good harness with triple locking system, steel hooks and easy operating capability is a must have. Here at 4yacht.com, the best quality tethering is used to ensure when you are working on the deck, you don’t fall overboard.

  1. Automatic liferaft: An automatic liferaft eliminates the worrisome task of pulling out the liferaft from the locker in cockpit, and then tying it on. When heavy weather strikes, sailors can focus on trying to save the ship.

  1. EPIRBs: EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons can communicate with the international satellite system and is used to find ships in search and rescue operations.

  1. GPS navigation: Knowing your exact position in the open ocean is crucial to surviving in the sea, and GPS navigation allows sailors to locate their coordinates.
  2. Internet: Believe it or not, many ships are equipped with internet, albeit costly.
  3. Sea anchor: When the normal anchor does not hold in the middle of the deep sea, sea anchor can easily ground a ship for hours.