Boating Tips: Best of Boating Tech
Tides, wind, rain, snow, sleet, lightning - all these weather events can make or break a boating day. Here are our top picks for weather-related apps for boating.
While most people are familiar with Navionics chartplotters, they also have an app. This app can provide navigational information as well as useful information regarding tides, waves and weather reports.
Providing easy-to-read marine radar and reports, this app (also a website) is a great weather resource for boaters. It has numerous filters that can be applied so that you can get the exact forecast that you’re looking for in your desired area.
MyRadar gives you real-time storm information, which is especially useful for understanding storm direction. With MyRadar, you can see which way a storm is headed and make the necessary adjustments to get to safety.
My Lightning Tracker
Florida is the lightning capital of the world, so of course, this app is something that boaters in our neck of the woods use quite often! This handy app shows you where lightning is currently hitting as well as strikes over time.
A windy day can impact fishing, boating, a day at the beach - wind is a very important factor to consider when spending the day in marine environments. Windfinder gives you data on current conditions, and forecasts and can also alert you when conditions change.
Preventing glare and keeping your electronics in tip-top shape is much easier than you might think. All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease!
General Electronics Care
The simplest way to keep your electronics clean is to just use a spray bottle of water and a microfibre cloth. You don’t want to soak your electronics, just a light mist or even just a spritz on the cloth itself will suffice. Just make sure that you completely dry the surface when you are finished in order to avoid spotting.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you’re looking for something more than just a quick cleaning, we recommend Serious Shine by Shurhold. It contains UV inhibitors, is anti-static and repels water. It can be used on pretty much all of the surfaces on your helm. We recommend using this after you’ve already done a simple cleaning with water and dried everything. Simply give your surfaces a light spritz and then wipe dry with a microfibre towel.
Controlling Your Engines with Mercury DTS
If your vessel has multiple outboards, controlling your boat can be a bit of a challenge at times, but with the Mercury DTS System, it’s much easier!
From Sea Rays to the latest super center console Boston Whalers, people are adding more and more power to their vessels. It’s great to get where you’re going fast, but sometimes controlling a boat with a lot of power can be a bit challenging, especially in tight quarters. Mercury Outboard DTS controls change the game enabling you to have next-level boat control.
Benefits of Mercury DTS
The Mercury DTS controls (digital throttle and shift) is essentially your one single hub for boat control. It is intuitively designed and when coupled with joystick control enables you to manipulate your boat almost at will. This makes running, idling, and approaching docks and other floating objects safely and with confidence.
Capabilities of Mercury DTS Controls:
These are just some of the awesome capabilities of the Mercury DTS:
- Start and stop your engines with the push of a single button
- Toggle each engine on and off as needed
- Active trim for all motors simultaneously or individually
- Ability to sync with Skyhook and Joystick
- Throttle-only mode to prevent accidental gear shifting
Other Mercury products
Mercury has long been a partner with MarineMax and for good reason! They produce some of the best, most innovative outboards and boat control products in the industry. For this reason, many of the boats we sell here at MarineMax are powered by Mercury, and you can rest assured that all our techs are Mercury-certified so your investment is in good hands.
You can learn more about Mercury and how it can Power your Journey here. If you have multiple Mercury outboards, we encourage you to give the DTS control box a try.
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