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Turning a page while turning 25

Regulator drops its signature 26-footer in favor of a ‘better’ 25 while envisioning a 40 in its future Anytime Joan or Owen Maxwell sees a bag of Cheetos, they think about their legendary Regulator 26 center console. That’s right. The husband and wife launched their business 25 years ago from a building that had previously…more

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Boating’s age of innovation

Led by GPS, joysticks and computer-aided design, the last 20 years have transformed the on-water experience When Michael Peters began designing boats in the 1970s, he thought he had missed boating’s Golden Age. “If only I was old enough to be a designer in 1959 or 1960 when you had fiberglass replacing wood boats, the…more

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A peek into the future

What innovations and technologies are on the horizon? Boatbuilders and designers say the focus will be on the helm station. Engineers are dabbling with simplifying electrical and electronic control systems with more intuitive controls for propulsion, electronics and accessories. “We should see major advances in the coming years, with cleaner helm stations and less clutter,”…more

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A touch too much?

Touch-screen technology, so popular in today’s devices, might have limitations on a boat or other moving platform, some designers say When talking about technology’s impact on boating, yacht designer Bill Prince says the industry might want to take note of what Ford Motor Co. has learned about touch-screen technology’s limitations in a vehicle. In June,…more

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Volvo unveils the Glass Cockpit

The sophisticated touch-screen system was one of the products recently introduced at a press event Volvo Penta has kicked its engine technology into a higher gear. Since its introduction in 2005, the IPS pod drive system with joystick control has been making boating easier for consumers, especially maneuvering big boats in close quarters at low…more

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Small in size, big in sales

More boats were on display at the Suncoast Boat Show and visitors were willing and able to buy It might be small compared to the Lauderdale and Miami shows, but the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., this spring certainly attracted serious shoppers, manufacturers and dealers say. “The show was successful,” says Mike Adams, a…more

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Is Blackfin back? It never left

Working on the quiet for years, builders of the iconic brand now are ready to pursue a broader clientele A familiar moniker stood out among the new center console brands at the Palm Beach International Boat Show: Blackfin. Is this the same builder that carved out a niche in fishing boat lore as one of…more

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Engineering a boat to run like a car

Engine makers Volvo Penta and Mercury plan to roll out new technology this spring Boat and engine companies will continue to add components, technologies and devices that nose today’s power craft closer to a car-like experience behind the wheel. Two of the major engine manufacturers this spring were gearing up for the introduction of substantial…more

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A buying crowd at Palm Beach

Turnout and display space increased at the fast-growing show and exhibitors say sales activity was brisk The tire-kickers apparently stayed home for this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show, as manufacturers and brokerages reported strong sales activity and a high number of “quality” consumers. “I heard it is growing at a rapid rate,” said Jeff…more

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Propulsion on parade

Miami shows rolled out the cutting edge in joysticks, alternate-fuel outboards and hybrid inboards A plethora of propulsion options greeted me at this year’s Miami boat shows. From joystick helm controls to hybrid diesel-electric inboards to electric and propane-powered outboards, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami…more

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