FLIBS 2009

Fort Lauderdale 2009: First Stop – Toys for the Boat

The 50th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday to a relatively good VIP turnout and a cautiously optimistic mood among the exhibitors.  By Monday we will know if any boat buyers showed up, but just from the first day, it seems like component and accessory suppliers might do fairly well.  I spent the day looking at new “stuff” for the boat.  Here’s a quick look at a couple; with more to come over the next several days.

 
MaxSea TimeZero 3D Chart View

MaxSea TimeZero 3D Chart View

TimeZero Technology for Your MaxSea Navigation Software

 

Furuno announced that MaxSea has incorporated the TimeZero display technology into its own navigation programs, giving PC navigators the same high-speed functionality available on NavNet 3D chartplotters.  The updated program, available in two versions, referred to as MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and MaxSea TimeZero Explorer, includes an all-new graphics engine, new tool sets and Work Spaces.  Each package includes a DVD set loaded with NOAA raster and vector charts for the entire U.S. coastline. In addition, you can load high-resolution satellite photos to further enhance the charts.

According to the company, “one of the key new features of MaxSea TimeZero is the ability to switch from a traditional 2D chart display to an incredibly realistic 3D view with a click of the mouse. MaxSea TimeZero runs in a native 3D environment, which means there is no mode or trick to make the charts look like they are in 3-dimensions. This new 3D environment offers you a true perspective and wider area of view around the vessel, which will allow you to better plan your routes and navigation.”

MaxSea TimeZero Navigator has a list price of $450, while MaxSea TimeZero Explorer has a list price of $1,250.

SeaBob Water Sled In Action

SeaBob Water Sled In Action

A SeaBob as a New Water Toy for the Boat

Cayago AG, a German company, builds a line of luxury water toys, at the center of which is the SeaBob water sled.  This is something you have to see to believe.  It’s basically a battery-powered propulsion device to enable a swimmer to race through the water at up to 22 km/hr, approximately 12 mph, which is unbelievably fast.  The devices can dive and are perfect for extending a snorkel or SCUBA trek.

SeaBob V7 in Red

SeaBob V7 in Red

There is a range of models available, varying in levels of thrust from the motor and trim and accessory complements.  A top-of-the-line model includes a sonar system for navigation through murky water.  Prices are on the company’s website, listed in Euros, and range from approximately $10K to $16K; not cheap but for the boater looking for truly unique waterborne entertainment, worth thinking about.

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Posted by Tom in Industry News, Technology