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.
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:
7. Pulley block.
8. On-board WC.
9. On-board heater.
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.”