While you are out boating, there are a number of important electronics that you need to help you communicate with others, find your way, and stay safe. Thankfully, many of these devices are built specifically for use on the water, and thus are designed with some element of weatherproofing.
But not all of your electronic devices were necessarily built specifically for nautical use. For example, you might have smart phones, cameras, and similar consumer electronics that are not adequately weatherproofed for sea conditions. So how can you weatherproof these sensitive electronics to keep them safe?
Following are a few different methods you can try:
- Arguably the simplest method is to cover your device using a standard plastic bag from a Marine supply store. Failing that, you can even use a plastic bag from the grocery mart. Other options include balloons or Saran wrap. Electrical tape can be used to seal up seams and keep water out. Your devices should still be usable even when they are safely contained in this manner.
- Another option is to purchase bags or containers which were designed specifically for weatherproofing, for example a waterproof case for your phone.
- If you do not want to store your device inside a bag, you can try spraying it with a waterproof coating from a brand such as Rust-Oleum. Silicone sprays and sealants work pretty well too. If you use a spray to waterproof your devices, then be aware that it may leave a visible residue, and also that it needs to be redone each year. Additionally, use a spray which combats corrosion, such as Corrosion X.
- Finally, try not to leave your devices like around where they could get wet. When they are not in use, store them in a sealed compartment.
That is pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to weatherproofing sensitive electronics for use on the water. Try to purchase devices which are already weatherproofed to begin with. Take sensible precautions with all your devices, and you will extend their working lifetimes.