Social networking on your plotter

A new mapping technology from Navico serves as another example of the industry’s growing effort to make the boating experience mobile, with data that can be taken to and from the boat and disseminated through social networking.

VIDEO: Gyro stabilizers gain popularity

Gyroscope stabilization has emerged as one of the fast-growing technologies on today’s recreational boats. Designers and boatbuilders are now creating spaces for the gyro installation during the planning stages of boat design. “With every boat we draw now, we have to have a planned space for [a gyro stabilizer],” said designer Michael Peters, owner of…more

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MIAMI 2014 VIDEO: Sea Ray rolls out new luxury motoryacht

MIAMI — Sea Ray launched a fleet of luxury motoryachts Friday at the Yacht & Brokerage Show with the introduction of the L650 Fly, a two-bridge vessel powered with twin Caterpillar diesels mated to a joystick system by Glendinning.

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MIAMI 2014 VIDEO: Whirlwind tour of five boat introductions

MIAMI — Boat and engine companies packed opening day of the Miami International Boat Show with press conferences announcing new products. I ended up covering the introduction of five boats in five hours — models from Regulator, Boston Whaler, Contender, Chris-Craft and Scout.

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MIAMI 2014 VIDEO: A sneak peek at new products

MIAMI — Today is opening day of the Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, but on Wednesday I had a chance to check out new products from Yamaha, Raymarine and Bayliner.

Simrad representative Mark Maus explains some of the high-tech features found on the twin 16-inch Simrad multitouch displays on his center console.

VIDEO: Navico seeks continued market expansion

DUCK KEY, Fla. — Navico aims to become an $800 million company as it continues to grow and improve a slew of marine electronics across three brands for both recreational and professional uses, executives of the company said Wednesday at a product presentation event for the media in the Florida Keys.

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VIDEO: Navico test event opens in Florida Keys

Navico opened a two-day event Tuesday night in the Florida Keys that will give marine journalists a chance to learn about and test its new products and technologies under the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands.

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