Even though your yacht’s VHF radio is your primary source for marine communications, that doesn’t mean that you, and your guests will not be bringing any number of personal electronics from phones to tablets on board.

As any boat owner knows, the sea is not entirely kind to sensitive electronics, so, how can you “stay connected,” and enjoy all of your various apps, while still keeping your delicate personal electronics high and dry?

Water Proof Bags and Other Protections

It doesn’t take a degree in oceanography to know that sea water and smartphones or other mobile devices do not mix! And yet, we have all heard the horror stories of a smartphone or tablet that was dropped overboard, or left in a pocket as someone jumped in to cool off, etc. Such mishaps can be avoided with a variety of dry bags and other protective gear.

One of the most popular and proven of these is the DryCase. The Northern California based company adapted vacuum-seal technologies they original developed for sterility for the medical industry, into creating a line of completely water tight cases for smartphones, tablets and other electronics. Enclosed in the apropos DryCase, you can take pictures with your tablet or phone while in or even under the water!

You can even dive with your phone - in the proper case!

You can even dive with your phone – in the proper case!

You can complement your DryCase with the addition of “DryBuds.” These are fully waterproof headphones available in a variety of styles both with and without a microphone. And, if you have a lot of sensitive gear, or other stuff you want to make sure you keep dry no matter what, you can load it all into a water tight backpack available in a variety of sizes and colors!

There are many other manufacturers of similar dry cases and dry bags such as AquaPac, Dri-Doc, and Sea to Summit.

Things to look for in any dry bag is how well they have been tested for waterproof performance of course, and any bag should have a lanyard so that you can tether it to your wrist or other way to strap or secure it to your body.

Installing more on-board Integrated Electronics

Another way to protect your personal electronics is to minimize the need to take them along by having more “on-board” systems of communications, computing, and entertainment.

But, before considering the purchase of new, or upgrading to more sophisticated communications equipment, it is important to have all of the wiring, connections, and other components of your electrical system inspected. These may also need to be upgraded to be compatible with any new marine electronics.


Did you know that routine inspection and maintenance of your electrical system, communications and safety gear, is all part of our On Demand yachting solution?

That is only one advantage of being part of On Demand yachting. Members are aware of when any upgrades to any system from hydraulics to your engines, may be necessary, and you can be sure your yacht is always maintained for peak performance and the personal safety of you and your guests.



Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.