Category: The future

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Electronic visual distress signals: Sirius Signal (Weems & Plath) versus Orion, plus a new option

In 2015 I enjoyed testing, and then enthusing about, the first electronic distress signal that could effectively and legally replace the flares required on most of our boats by the US Coast Guard. Now there’s competition from the pyrotechnic flare company that originally denigrated the electronic “flare” and also an interesting expansion of the USCG standard in the works…

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VIKING’s remarkable 800+ person LifeCraft system, Torqeedo powered

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has designed an almost frightening number of innovations into its LifeCraft system, so it’s good to see that it apparently tested fine in North Sea waves ranging from 12 to 15 feet with 33-foot peaks. The system may soon make big cruise ships safer, and perhaps some of the technology will work its way down to recreational vessels…

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Information display and Ship Control, hands on with next generation boat management interfaces

Controlling the multitude of systems on modern boats can be complex and many modern boaters expect the same level of automation and convenience they find in their cars.   It’s clear the industry has realized this and is working hard to develop systems that make controlling your boat simpler and more intuitive.  I had the opportunity to try out two such systems at the Miami International Boat Show…

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Furuno Brings All-New Features To Market With The Introduction Of FAR22X8BB Series Radar

With more than 60,000 installations on vessels ranging from tugboats to aircraft carriers, Furuno’s FAR21X7 Series Radar has been one of the most popular commercial Radar models on the water since its release in 2004… This year, the venerable FAR21X7 series will be ceasing production, making room for a new generation of Furuno Radars to step into the role. To this end, Furuno is proud to introduce its next-generation series of IMO-compliant Radars, the all-new FAR22X8BB… available in 12kW or 25kW X-Band, 30kW S-Band, or 250W Solid State S-Band configurations…

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Innovative electronics like Navico ID hardly mentioned, a new paradigm?

What is arguably the most innovative electronics system in recent times debuted at the Miami boat show and very few people noticed! I’m talking specifically about the Navico Information Display that was purportedly integrated into the dashboards of some 14 new boats around the show, but…

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Sea Ray reveals special-edition SLX-R package and all-new SLX 350 outboard at the Miami International Boat Show

During an immersive experience at the Miami International Boat Show, Thursday, Feb. 14, Sea Ray unveiled a limited-edition SLX-R package of the brand-new SLX 350 Outboard. The exclusive reveal was presented as part of Sea Ray’s celebration of 60 years of remarkably crafted boats. As a first-of-its-kind model, the SLX-R features elevated design elements combined with high-performance propulsion and innovative technologies to enhance the boating experience…

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E-Tech electric boat motors, used and distributed by Maine Cat

When the Maine Cat MC 38 came out in 2016, the lightweight, low drag 38 design seemed perfect for ever-improving electric propulsion. So I’ve followed closely as builder/designer Dick Vermeulen pursued an electric solution, and there are now two interesting stories in progress:  Maine Cat recently became the E-Tech distributor for North America and several MC 38 LS-E sailing cats will launch this spring with E-Tech outboards, hydro generation included.

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Raymarine and Mercury’s preview of semi-autonomous docking assist

For many of us docking maneuvers are the most stressful part of boating. So engine manufacturers, electronics companies and boat builders have introduced systems like integrated joystick control and dynamic positioning to make the task easier. Last Friday I got hand’s on with a new technology from Raymarine and Mercury Marine that takes docking assistance to a new level. They call it Virtual Bumper and I can attest that it lets you dock like a pro, even if you’re not.

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Boston Whaler and Mercury Marine are Marine Industry’s First to Demonstrate Raymarine DockSense for Outboard Propulsion

Today Boston Whaler, the leading manufacturer of unsinkable family fishing boats and Mercury Marine, the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, are the first to demonstrate the Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system on an outboard-powered Boston Whaler vessel at Mercury’s Lake X testing facility…