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How innovation is paying for itself

In just two years Yellowfin Yachts has sold more than 100 of its lightweight 24-foot bay boats, which are built with carbon fiber and Kevlar.

The Boston Whaler 380 Outrage was one of several center consoles from 30 to 41 feet that were introduced at the show.

Big and bigger center consoles

Jaws were dropping just a few years ago when at least a half-dozen boat companies introduced center consoles north of 40 feet, and one  — HydraSports Custom — eclipsed 50 feet with its 53 Suenos.

About 30 journalists this winter came to the Florida Keys to check out Navico’s latest offerings under the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands. Here, Navico product manager Matthew Laster (right) talks about the Simrad electronics on a 34-foot Yellowfin.

Saltwater market is on Navico’s radar

Electronics continue to pump fresh blood into a financially healthy marine industry. Competition among the major players is arguably at an all-time high, with companies consistently delivering new products in radar, sonar, GPS chartplotting, multifunction displays (MFDs) and autopiloting.

Intrepid’s owner brings the capital to introduce more than one new model annually. The 407 Cuddy debuted at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale show.

Heady times for Intrepid

The 34-year-old Florida company has a new owner willing to invest capital to introduce more new models annually and advance innovation. In addition, Intrepid’s effort to employ the resin infusion building process for all of its boats is picking up steam with the introduction of its first resin-infused hull over 40 feet — the 407…more

MIAMI 2017: Size and presence of center consoles grow

MIAMI — After a couple days of pounding the docks at the Miami International Boat Show, it’s easy to see that center consoles will continue to get bigger during the next two to three years, with more builders joining the 50-foot club and one company preparing the launch of a 65-footer.

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