WE CAN SEE WHO YOU ARE... Automated
Identification System (AIS) Class B becomes
available for recreational boats in 2006,
making it easier to identify other vessels and
increase situational awareness in busy shipping areas. AIS shows ships and registered
boats as “targets” on a chartplotter screen,
along with vessel name, Marine Mobile
Service Identity (MMSI) number, course,
speed, and direction.
...AND WE CAN SEE YOU IN THE DARK
FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) systems
introduces a night-vision camera for
recreational boats in 2007. Using
thermal signatures, night-vision
cameras “see” objects in the dark or
in thick weather that are impossible to
see with the naked eye.
DROWNING IN OIL The B.P. Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, the largest in the history of
the petroleum industry, gushes for 87 days
in 2010 before it can be capped. It devastates marine life, fishing grounds, Gulf Coast
communities, and coastal businesses.
In 2007, Apple unveils the first iPhone,
leading to flocks of chronically dependent
users tripping over curbs nationwide. Soon
after, third-party apps become available for boat navigation. In 2011,
BoatU.S. launches a
In 2009, Daryl
Ehrlich attains a
speed of 260.98
mph in the prop-driven Problem
Child at Firebird
Phoenix, AZ. The
Top Fuel Hydro
boat, built by
“Fast” Eddie Knox
and Eddie Knox
the record at the
NAPA Auto Parts
Foundation’s “Help Stop
the Drops” program
reaches nearly 1,500
marina fuel docks
nationwide to prevent
small oil and fuel spills.
Foundation starts its
“Reel In & Recycle”
program, installing more
than 4,000 fishing-line
recycling containers at
fishing spots nationwide.
>>2008 A federal judge
determines that all
“vessels” must have
a permit for normal
discharges of water.
For two years, BoatU.S.
fights to separate
requirements for recreational boats from
those of ships with ballast tanks. Finally, success! The federal Clean
Boating Act is signed,
creating a permanent
permit exemption for
>>2009 BoatU.S. fights
ethanol lobby efforts to
increase the amount of
ethanol in gasoline from
10% (E- 10) to 15% (E- 15).
>>2010 NY International
Boat Show turns 100.
the “Online Learning
Center,” offering an
ever-growing library of
A 13-foot Boston
Whaler now costs
in 2016 dollars); a
gallon of gasoline,
$2.74 ($2.95); a
VHF, $200 ($217);
income is $47,222/
At age 17, in 2009,
American Zac Sunderland completes
aboard his Islander
36, making him the
first person under 18 to sail solo
around the world.
The next year, his
becomes the youngest person to round
Cape Horn solo.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
In 2010, on Lake Cumberland, KY, 1,651 boats
connect in a single line to achieve the Guinness
record for the World’s Largest Boat Raft-Up.
TECHNOLOGY TROTS ON In 2009, earlier
EPIRBs using 121.5- and 243-MHz are phased
out in favor of superior 406-MHz units.