6 Boating Trends Growing in 2024
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The dynamic world of boating offers rapid technological advancements that continually redefine the on-water experience. Staying in the loop with the latest trends and exciting developments can be a thrilling challenge. But fret not, as we've put together a curated list of the top six current trends expected to make an even bigger impact in 2024.
1. Smaller boats, More Tech
High-tech features are becoming increasingly popular in smaller boats, leading to an increasing demand for them in 2024 over the large luxury yachts. Boats like the 2024 Aquila 28 Molokai come with abundant luxury features like high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional handling and maneuverability, state-of-the-art technology at the helm, open plan layout, fully-equipped galley, and a cozy cabin all packed into it’s 28 ft. length.
2. Autonomous Technology
Docking your boat can be one of the most intimidating parts of boating. New autonomous features in boating have made it easier! Volvo Penta has released a groundbreaking Assisted Docking system that’s as high tech as it sounds. Using sensors, GPS-based dynamic positioning, joy sticks and advanced algorithms you can find yourself pulling up to the dock with precision and ease. There’s also exciting new tech like the Seakeeper Ride that senses the boats activity and automatically uses the boat’s rotary blades to reduce the pitch and roll for a more comfortable ride. Advancements in autonomous boating are increasing in popularity for their ease and comfort.
3. Boat Customization
Technological advancements have revolutionized the landscape of boat customization, rendering it more accessible than ever. The advent of custom 3D printed accessories, such as cleats and speaker grills, alongside the growing popularity of luxury features like premium finishes, reflects an increasing demand in the maritime market. From fully equipped sport boats to luxury yachts that allow owners to personalize every detail down to the stitch color, boat enthusiasts worldwide are actively pursuing customization options that seamlessly align with their unique lifestyles.
4. More Options for Power
From electric motors for a quiet and eco-friendly ride to high-performing outboard motors, there’s never been more options for finding the right power to meet your boating needs. Efforts for sustainability in boating bring on an increasing variety of electric motors, even for water-sport enthusiasts like in this Nautique Super Air GS22E. Or if you’re looking for a high-performing outboard engine, the impressive advances in the Mercury Verado 600 V12s and V10s offer impeccable performance while remaining quiet and smooth. Need something in the middle? Hybrid boats are gaining in popularity for their flexibility in choosing to appropriate power for different boating conditions offering more versatility.
5. Larger Center Consoles
Though smaller boats are increasing in popularity, it doesn’t mean the thrill of a larger center console isn’t still in demand. More space means more room for fun and your favorite boat brands are making it happen. Center consoles are typically thought of as a versatile boat and popular models like the Boston Whaler 42 Outrage boasts a striking 42.5 ft. in overall length and offers a spacious deck for ample seating making it perfect for your crew of avid anglers or a thrill-seeking adventurers. The extra space also allows room for an expansive cockpit, comfortable helm station, galley, double berth and private head for comfortable overnight stays on the water.
6. High-Speed Internet at Sea
Gone are the days of having a limited signal on the water. The demand for connectivity has satellite tech, like Starlink, increasing significantly in popularity for yacht owners. Starlink offers the capability for streaming, making video calls, and playing video games while underway or anchored just as you would on land. Additionally there’s options for utilizing cellular data, Marine WiFi systems that are a plug and play device, or using a more portable BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) that work like a mobile hotspot.
These are just some of the many innovations in boating! Stay tuned for future advances and more trends in upcoming communications. And to help keep your boating maintenance and adventures on track for 2024, download the MarineMax App for Boating Made Easy™.