What is the best ever marine gadget?

Readers have voted for their favourite boating gadgets.

The Motor Boats Monthly online newsdesk was inundated with nominations for the greatest ever marine gadget.

We asked for your vote after a US survey saw the Apple Powerbook 100 named as the greatest gadget of all time.

Unsurprisingly, when it came to naming the best ever marine inventions, you gave the first commercially-available Global Positioning System a fair few mentions.

Also riding high among more than 100 nominations were the depth-sounder, the winch and the auto-pilot.

But the winner? The humble chart.

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As one reader wrote: “It does a good job of telling you where you are, understanding all those symbols and calculations makes you feel like a proper salt and it never sems to tire of protecting the chart table from coffee stains.”

The top 10:

1. Chart.

2. GPS.

3. Compass.

4. Depth-sounder.

5. Auto-pilot.

6. Winch.

7. Pulley block.

8. On-board WC.

9. On-board heater.

10. Bunk.

Finally, thankyou to the reader who sent this nomination to Motor Boats Monthly’s survey: “Er??a long pole which you put upright on the deck and tie a large piece of some strong kind of cloth to?..I think its called a mast and sail?.advantages?that noisy engine goes very quiet?and you still keep going.”