Spotlight on Tech

You’ve just cast the lines and your friends turn and ask, “Where to, Captain?” It’s another great day on the water and everyone is relying on you to show them a good time. The pressure is on. Where should you take them? How will you get there and how far is it? What hazards lay waiting?

There are so many fantastic destinations on the Bay it could take a lifetime to see them all. Make the most of it with Argo, a free mobile app developed right here on the Chesapeake by a family of boaters.

Headed to Solomons Island? Tap a pin on the map and Argo will autoroute you based on your vessel’s draft and other requirements. Looking for suggestions on where to go? Get ratings and reviews on the Bay’s best destinations.

It’s like having a first mate and the entire boating community in your pocket. 

And it’s free at

Learn about some of the app’s features with Capt. Matt Benhoff and Capt. John Martino of Annapolis School of Seamanship:

Boat stabilization is no longer just for the big guys. This year, Southern Maryland-based Seakeeper launched the first gyro stabilizer designed for boats 23-30 feet long. The Seakeeper 1, which can reduce roll by 95 percent, debuted at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show in February, winning an Innovation Award. It can be installed under the helm seat of most center consoles, above deck, and features a viewing window and a control keypad, which means it can be controlled from the helm or directly from the unit. With its fastest spool-up time yet, the new model can start stabilizing within 15 minutes.

From now through December, Seakeeper is touring the East Coast on a “road trip” from Massachusetts to Florida (including the panhandle) to show the Seakeeper 1 on a trailer-sized boat. 

Register to see the Seakeeper in action at

Watch the gyro-stabilitzation in action on the Bay:

Every boater should have peace of mind they’ll have access to clean, reliable drinking water while on board. In the past, the high cost, complexity and maintenance needs for desalination systems have been daunting.

Rainman Watermakers are solid and robust portable desalination systems – designed for the rigors of the maritime environment and built with ingenuity. Rainman Watermakers are capable of producing up to 37 gallons per hour, and can be integrated at will. Their most popular system needs nothing more than a small portable generator to operate, and they even offer a gasoline powered unit.

This simple, low-maintenance watermaker may be portable but it’s built to operate as a fully functional primary system that provides an uninterrupted water supply.

To find the best Rainman system for your boat, go to

See how easy it is to set up your own potable watermaker: