I've said many times that I love technology, I really do believe it's made life easier and better. I know there's some down side, if you're ever traveling on public transport or in a cafe or bar, just look around and see how many people are interacting with their mobiles. You might say we're losing the art of conversation, especially with Generation Y.
However, for all of it's faults, there's no question technology has made life more comfortable. We think nothing these days of travelling across the world knowing we can be in touch with home whenever we please, and just think about the leaps and bounds that have been made in the boating world with electronics, engines, Joysticks, etc. The genius Albert Einstein discovered the Theory of Relativity and for that (and a few other things) he got a Nobel Prize, well, I can't remember the last time I used that theory, to be frank I'm not even sure what it is, on the other hand, the bow thruster? Now there's a handy device, it's got me out of trouble on numerous occasions, In my view, the guy who invented that should get the Nobel Prize, perhaps even the Nobel Peace Prize, after all it's saved a few arguments on our boat.
Of course i'm joking about that last part, but what got me thinking about technology was an article in this edition about Mercury releasing an App that displays all of your engine telemetry directly on your mobile device via Bluetooth. And another article from Garmin, they've introduced a new thru-hull transducer that brings the company’s revolutionary Panoptix technology to an even greater range of boats and can even incorporate forward-looking sonar showing the bottom up to 90m ahead of the boat. Clever stuff! But technology is just a small part of what we have for you in this edition with another round up of diverse marine news from around the country.
Last edition we also told you about the Shipmate website and the leaps and bounds we're making there, well, very pleased to report that in April we notched up over 40,000 visits and over 200,000 page views, we've also re-arranged the site slightly with a new range of (larger) animated banners and that's only the start. We're working on providing more video content, but we'll tell you a bit more about that very soon. In the interim, visit us www.shipmate.com.au and check out the new look.
And finally, we've just released the 2017 South East Queensland print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory. 138 full colour pages in a handy pocket size incorporating a complete A-Z of marine trades, services, boat sales outlets, yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, marine organisations and even tide tables (at a number of locations). We are currently in the proceess of distributing, so ask for your free copy at any yacht club, marina, shipyards, marine orgs and selected marine businesses.
If you'd like to discuss any aspect of Shipmate, feel free to give me a call on 0418 587 799 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.
Cheers, see you out on the water