As summer morphs into autumn on the Adriatic coast, mass droves of holiday-goers pack their sunscreen and sandals and begin the migration from their seaside retreats to permanent inland residences. For two young entrepreneurial brothers, Boris and Kristian from Zagreb, Croatia, this annual ritual includes battening up their cherished family boat, Evana III. The 57 ft. Innovazione e Progetti recreational boat will remain in a Dalmatian coastal marina unattended for the next nine months while the brothers return to the daily demands of operating their Zagreb-based business.
Fishermen pride themselves on outfitting their boats with the best technology. Sonars, radars, fish finders, chart plotters and hydraulic winches all assist these tenacious men and women in yielding greater catches. But there’s one vital system that the marine industry never, until recently, innovated. One that when malfunctions brings the fishing day to a screeching halt. It’s none other than that pesky mechanical float bilge switch. Prone to jamming and breaking the mechanical float switch does not live up to what its purpose demands.