Miami International Boat Show

Check These Out at the 2016 Miami Boat Show

If you’re already in South Florida, or headed that way for this weekend, you probably know that The 2016 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® has moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. And now that the dog days of the 2008 recession have more or less faded, there is lots of innovation to explore in recreational boating. So stop by the show and take a look at some cool new boats and gear. Some of my top pics for the show:

Navico

Navico, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics, announced several new technology developments that will integrate some key industry systems monitoring capabilities into the company’s equipment.  The company announced it would partner with Naviop, an international leader in monitoring and control systems for yachts and luxury megayachts, to develop state-of-the-art solutions for displaying and managing sophisticated yacht systems. The effort will bring Naviop’s monitoring technology into the broader marketplace for production and high-volume boat building.

Naviop Monitor

Navico also announced that, in partnership with Mercury®, the full line of Simrad® GO, NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 multifunction displays will soon receive a new software upgrade that adds powerful functionality with the recently introduced Mercury VesselView® Link module, providing boaters with fully integrated Mercury engine data combined with their chartplotter, sounder or radar display. Leif Ottosson, Navico CEO, said, “Working together with Mercury, we are able to offer boaters a simplified approach to data management. Now information from radar, sonar, gauges, engine controls, and more, can all be viewed on one screen, minimizing distractions for captains and simplifying the boating experience.”

Navico’s Lowrance® brand announced the release of the Lowrance Precision-9 Compass, which delivers heading and rate-of-turn information with an enhanced level of accuracy to Lowrance Outboard Pilot™, Broadband Radar™ and navigational systems over an NMEA 2000® connection.

Lowrance Precision-9 Compass

The Precision-9 Compass incorporates a sophisticated solid-state sensor array measuring motion on nine separate axes. Data from all nine axes is used to calculate the most accurate heading and rate-of-turn information possible, avoiding common limitations of conventional fluxgate electronic compasses. Once the compass is calibrated, it delivers heading accuracy of ±2 degrees, with a pitch and roll range of ±45 degrees. Lowrance said the compass should be available this month in the U.S. and Canada at a suggested retail price of $645USD.

BRP – Rotax and Evinrude

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) announced that its Rotax Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) system was recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) with an Innovation Award in the Jet Boat category at the beginning of this year’s show. BRP says the game-changing iST option for Rotax jet propulsion systems brings electronic control to formerly mechanical functions. Now available on nearly all Scarab jet boat models and Chaparral Vortex models, iST allows boaters to optimize low-speed maneuverability in a variety of environmental conditions.

BRP’s Evinrude brand has a very high profile at this year’s show, with some eye-watering demos available with the E-TEC G2 models on several boats at the dock. BRP has also announced that they have approved the use of biobutanol fuel blends in Evinrude engines, and will be offering test rides to show the compatibility. Demonstrations will be held at the Miami International Boat Show for media and consumers at on a Key West 239 equipped with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300HP engine, at Slip #120. Even if you don’t think you will have access to these new bio fuels in the near future, you definitely want to experience a 300HP E-TEC G2. That’s all I’m saying.

GOST

GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, is highlighting its newest marine products at the Miami show this year at Booth: C368, in the C Tent. You can see the new GOST Nav-Tracker 3.0 SM, with its hardwired interface unit that allows it to be integrated with hardwired sensors you may already have aboard your boat. If you’re just getting started on the search for a serious security system, look at the GOST NT Evolution 2.0 security and tracking system. The pinnacle of marine security solutions, the NT Evolution 2.0 marine-grade, wireless security, monitoring and tracking system provides battery backed-up global arm/disarm and relay control via satellite from anywhere in the world. It is designed to defend oceangoing vessels and any other asset that requires a ruggedized, water resistant security, monitoring and tracking system. Easy to install, the wireless sensors can be monitored and the system can be controlled remotely, no matter where the vessel is located globally, with the exception of the most extreme polar latitudes.

GOST Nav Tracker

And finally, see if they’ll show you their new GOST Tracker App, which allows boat owners to link to vessel data from a corresponding Nav-Tracker device and other GOST tracking systems via a smartphone or tablet with an easy-to-use, secure interface. The intuitive application allows users to log in with the same username and password used to access their account on the GOST website. Users can remotely monitor and control Nav-Tracker devices installed on any number of vessels, while fleet managers can view multiple fleets of vessels, as their needs require.

As far as boats go, we’ll get back to you after the show with a roundup of the best of the new boats. There is some really cool stuff going on now with boat builders. While most companies got hit hard by the recession — and some did not survive — others are making a real comeback, including some names we thought might be gone for good.  I’ll mention just one here, and ironically, they don’t have their new vessel at Miami, in this case the Yachts Miami Beach 2016 show (formerly the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show) on Collins Ave. But I know they’re at the Cocktail Barge and they’re talking about the new Bertram 35.  Yes, the Moppie is coming back! The first hulls are under construction at the Lyman-Morse Shipyard in Thomaston, Maine, and Bertram execs will be in Miami Beach to share some more details about the new boat. Check out the details at Bertram’s website.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Boats, Electronics, Engines, Marine Electronics

The 50th Krogen 48′ Heralds an Ergonomic Makeover

View of the galley and salon of the Krogen 48' AE

View of the galley and salon of the Krogen 48' AE

Kadey-Krogen Yachts said yesterday that the 50th edition of its highly successful 48′ North Sea line is the first to sport a series of now-standard modifications that significantly improve liveability aboard a boat that was already highly regarded in the liveaboard community.  The company took the opportunity to re-badge the boat as the “Krogen 48′ AE,” the AE short for “Advanced Ergonomics.”  The changes include updates to the layouts of the salon, pilothouse and flybridge, as well as the incorporation of home-sized stairs and bannisters to ease movement through the boat.

I would like to tease the good-natured Larry Polster, Kadey-Krogen’s vice president, about how “Advanced” these ergonomic changes really are, but the truth is, in the cruising world they ARE advanced.  Not surprisingly, Kadey-Krogen collected the input from its customers to focus these updates on liveability — that somewhat undefined quality of making a boat easy to live aboard.

The Krogen 48′ North Sea has always been a favorite of long-distance cruisers, passagemakers and liveaboards.  The size seems to be a particular sweet spot for couples who want to live aboard and the boat holds its value extremely well.  A quick survey of Krogen 48′ models for sale on Yachtworld has even ten-year-old boats still well over the $700K mark, which means they really haven’t lost any value at all.

Back to the changes incorporated in the Krogen 48′ AE.  Here’s a brief list:

  • An option for an L- or U-shaped settee along the starboard side of the salon
  • A table that both expands and raises and lowers to serve as coffee table and dining table for eight.
  • A larger galley forward to starboard, with a now-standard Viking four-burner range, household size fridge/freezer, convection microwave, and room for both a trash compactor and dishwasher.
  • A nearly floor-to-ceiling pantry opposite the galley, on the port side.
  • New, deep and wide steps steps up to the pilothouse, with a sturdy bannister for security.
  • A redesigned pilothouse that accommodates side-by-side helm chairs and a larger electronics console (hooray!!).
  • New molded steps outside the portside pilothouse door up to the boat deck and flybridge.
  • Boat deck will accommodate both a 13-foot tender, as well as a summer kitchen.
  • The flybridge helm is now off to starboard, with an L-shape settee to port.

Kadey-Krogen is going through some of its other models just coming intro production now and making some of these same ergonomic changes, particularly to steps and stairs.  Does this kind of change exact a price in terms of space utilization? Of course. But the 48′ is big enough to handle the changes and the improvements in “liveability” are absolutely worth the price. If you’re going to live aboard one of these boats, the convenience and safety of actual human-sized stair treads and risers is more of a big deal than you might think.

For more pictures of the changes involved, check out the November blog entry of the Kadey-Krogen marketing team.  You can get a good feel for the new helm and flybridge arrangement in the pictures there.  You can check out the Krogen 48′ AE at Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale at the Bahia Mar January 27-29, and at the Miami International Boat Show (Sea Isle Marina location), from Febryary 17-21.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Kadey-Krogen and Nordhavn at the Upcoming Miami Boat Show

2010 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail

2010 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail

Kadey-Krogen said this week that it will have a Krogen 58′ and the 48′ North Sea with the redesigned galley and bridge, which we wrote about here on OceanLines recently.

P.A.E. advises that their final plans for the upcoming Miami boat shows include the 75 EYF and the 62 at Collins Ave., — more formally know as The Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach.  They also plan to have a 47 over at the on-water display of the actual Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail at the Sea Isle Marina in Miami.

At this point, Selene does not appear to have a boat at the show, although the Selene Annapolis dealer will be there and Jet Tern Marine owner and chief designer Howard Chen will be attending to accept an award from MotorBoating Magazine.

We will update you over the next week with the plans of other passagemaking boat builders.  If you use the official website for the boat show, don’t rely on the search function there to tell you who will be there. There are some brands missing from the database. Best to check the website of the brand you’re interested in directly.  Here are the basic logistical details for the main Miami Boat Show, from the show organizers:

Show Information
Dates & Location
February 11–15, 2010
MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

SEA ISLE MARINA & YACHTING CENTER (New home of Strictly Sail Miami, joining forces with the Miami International Boat Show powerboat in-water location)
1635 N. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132
*** This location now requires a ticket or badge for admission.

NEW! BIG BOAT ROW
Looking for the BIG sailboats? Begin the day at Sea Isle Marina, then head over to Bayside Marina by way of Strictly Sail Miami’s FREE water taxi service to view some of the largest sailboats and catamarans in the world. Lagoon America, Leopard, Prout, Seawind Catamarans, Hylas, Passport and others will all have boats on display at Big Boat Row.

Courtesy Shuttle Buses will run between all locations including the park & ride at the American Airlines Arena from 1 hour prior to show opening through 1 hour after show close daily.

Show Hours
Premier Day
Thursday, February 11, 10:00am–6:00pm

Friday, February 12, 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 10:00am–8:00pm
Monday, February 15, 10:00am–6:00pm

Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center is open from 10:00am–6:00pm daily

Admission
NEW — 5 Day Pass (Good all 5 days of the show)
Thursday, February 11th–Monday, February 15th — $75.00

Premier Day — $30.00

Friday–Monday:
Adults — $16.00
2 Day Pass — $30.00
Youth, age 13–15 years — $6.00
Children, age 12 and younger — FREE

Tickets will also be available for purchase at both the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center locations.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Powerboats

Raymarine Continues to Roll Out New Products with New Capabilities

Miami Beach — Among the first of what will be a small tsunami of new products announced here at the Miami International Boat Show are four new product lines from Raymarine.  OceanLines readers were among the first to hear about some of them in Raymarine’s proposed helm outfitting for the new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition.  You can read about that series HERE.  And here’s a quick rundown of the new Raymarine products:

New Raymarine C Series Widescreen Group Shot

New Raymarine C Series Widescreen Group Shot

Taking advantage of the new manufacturing emphasis on widescreen LCD technology, Raymarine announced a new Widescreen C-Series multifunction displays (MFDs).  Obviously, the new widescreens offer more viewing area and give the helmsman more flexibility in splitting screens or expanding scales.  Dave Bimschleger, president of Raymarine Inc., said, “Raymarine C-Series Widescreen owners will be able to navigate smarter by viewing more chart, radar and fishfinder data simultaneously.”

The C-Series Widescreen line is available in three sizes of sulight-viewable color displays — the 9-inch C90W, the 12-inch C120W and the 14-inch C140W.

One of the products Raymarine included in its proposed helm for the Krogen 55′ Expedition was the new AIS500 Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS) Receiver.  Recreational boaters (at least those in boats smaller than 65′) have a choice of using a “listen-only” AIS receiver, but Raymarine, along with many marine safety experts believes the use of a full Class B transceiver, which not only tracks other AIS-equipped vessels, but transmits the boater’s own information, is the safest route to take.

The AIS500 comes with a 16-channel dedicated GPS with external antenna and is easily networked, either over Raymarine’s SeaTalkng or a standard NMEA 0183 network.  The new Raymarine unit also features “Buddy Tracking” which allows you to program the unit with the MMSI numbers of friends and fellow cruisers so you can follow their boats more easily.

New Raymarine ST70 Plus Color Instrument Display

New Raymarine ST70 Plus Color Instrument Display

The third product line is the all-new ST70 Plus series of high-performance instruments and autopilot displays.  These were also part of the recommended system for the Krogen 55′ Expedition because of their new, larger size and more flexible customization.  These are the ideal solution for displaying navigation, wind, depth, speed, engine, generator and environmental information.  The units plug into both the Sea Talkng or NMEA 2000 data streams.

New Raymarine 4kW Digital Radome

New Raymarine 4kW Digital Radome

Raymarine also rolled out its first digital radomes, the RD418D and RD424D, both of which feature a 4 kW transmitter with both digital and analog signal processing, low-noise receiver, auto gain control technology, and a maximum range of 48 NM.

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Posted by Tom in Industry News, Technology

2009 Miami Boat Show and Strictly Sail Open Thursday

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

The latest editions of the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail open tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2009 and run until Monday, February 16, at 6.p.m.   Show organizers are expecting more than 140,000 visitors to examine the boats, equipment and services on display by the more than 2,200 exhibitors.

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

The show covers three venues — The Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and the Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (Strictly Sail).  The Sea Isle Marina has the in-water powerboat displays and is right on the Miami waterfront; while the Bayside Marina hosts the sailboats of Strictly Sail.

An additional event, technically not part of MIBS, but considered by many visitors to be the “fourth venue” of the Miami show is the annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, which occupies the docks along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for a mile or more, with large yachts and superyachts on display.

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Although the current economic climate has made for some disappointing results at recent boat shows, Miami (along with the Fort Lauderdale show in late October) is considered one of the 2 or 3 premier boat shows in the world, and manufacturers put on their best faces for the affair.

There will be a number of new products unveiled at the show, including new electronics from Raymarine, Furuno and Simrad; new engines and systems from Volvo Penta, Honda, Cummins, Northern Lights and John Deere.  The new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition will make its first large-scale public appearance at the Sea Isle Marina.  The two innovative power catamarans from Leopard Catamarans will be on display as well as the Leopard sailing cats.

The news starts rolling out tonight and we’ll have it here on OceanLines before morning here in Miami.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News, Technology