Even across the last 20 years, there has been such a huge difference made in life boating due to small inventions that have crossed over from useful in other fields, to helpful on the boat. As we used to be armed with just a map and a curiosity to get to where we need to be, we are now armed with some great, simple gadgets that can make the difference between saving someone, finding something and everything else. Take a look at the below list of things that I think have improved the life of a lifeboat captain.
So much better than a torch, LED lighting lasts longer and comes much brighter! And these haven’t just helped lifeguards, they’ve helped civilians too! One wave of these, one way or another, is so much handier than a flare or a whistle. Even the torch can’t compare to the size and brightness of one of these things. If you can get high quality LED light bars, like these Cree ones, then you’re laughing, aren’t you! Keep one of these things close by and you’ll no doubt find yourself in safer waters.
Trusty Mobile Phone
Is there anyone who would honestly say that cellular phones haven’t generally improved the world. OK, so maybe people can’t get off theirs and become a little addicted, but in general, they’re making everywhere – the sea included – much safer places. Contacting people quickly can often be the difference between life and death, so keeping one of these on your person at all times is hugely important. Just make sure that if you’re on the sea you have your eyes firmly on the prize ahead, and not the screen below, otherwise you may have good reason to use that phone for things other than Twitter.
Not just something to be used in offices, but on boats using computers to update and inform you of all kinds of information is super important. Boating is a traditional and noble trade, but we’re well aware of the things that can improve how we do our work. And anyway, computers are excellent! They can even provide us with entertainment on the cold nights or even frosty days. So yes, we may be traditionalists, but bring on the new stuff if they can improve that we’re doing. Much like mobile phones, computers are things go be excited by and taken advantage of.
These are just a few things that can help you both in everyday life but on the sea and in the boat as well. There’s plenty more inventions that have improved our well being further afield, but these things I know have improved our industry.
We’ll continue to be a fairly ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of worker, but even we know that you’re going to need a little help along the way, so why resist when you can encourage!