Final bites from the Fort Lauderdale boat show


This compilation of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show news includes reports on Outer Reef Yachts, Sanlorenzo, the International Superyacht Society, Garmin, Imtra, Pettit Marine Paint and Cobham Satcom.

Outer Reef launches new fast trawler series

Outer Reef said at the show that a departure from its expedition and motoryachts is underway with the forthcoming Trident Series of fast trawlers. The Trident 550 is being built for a 2015 launch, and 650 and 750 models will follow.

The yachts feature a synthesis of style, innovation, technology and functionality. The builder said the plumb-bow, resin-infused hull is designed to perform equally well at 8- to 10-knot displacement speeds and 18- to 20-knot cruising speeds. Top end will be 28 knots.

"We're coming into a new era of Outer Reef Yachts," president and CEO Jeff Druek said. "I think we have something very special here."

— Rich Armstrong

Sanlorenzo debuts 112-foot motoryacht

Italian builder Sanlorenzo continues its push into the U.S. market with the debut of the SD112 at FLIBS. Built for an American owner, the 112-foot tri-deck motoryacht features a raised pilothouse design that includes a Jacuzzi tub surrounded by sunpads on the top deck.

The company said it has sold six SD112s. The yacht was on display with the Sanlorenzo 96 and 106.

— Rich Armstrong

ISS urges recruitment of young workers

With acres of gleaming superyachts within a stone’s throw of its annual meeting at the Bahia Mar on the eve of the show, the International Superyacht Society made a plea to its members: Don’t just focus on attracting a new generation of buyers. With the graying of the work force, shipyards, design firms and other yacht businesses must cultivate a new generation of craftsmen, designers, engineers, crewmembers and marketers.

“One-third of all Europeans are over the age of 65,” Megayacht News publisher Diane Byrne said. “That’s alarming.”

She advised the industry to start wooing Generation Z — those born in the 1990s and 2000s — now. Competition for these young workers will be fierce.

— Jim Flannery

Garmin strives for simplicity in new devices

Garmin Ltd. introduced a roster of new products at the show: integrated multifunction displays, versatile sonars and transducers, autopilots and radar — all designed to be more intuitive to operate and install.

"We've made it easier to install and easier to use these products," said Dave Dunn, senior director of marine sales. "The features included may not be new to the industry, but it’s the magic inside the box — the simplicity of the interface."

The new GPSMAP 700 Series and echoMAP plotters and sounders are loaded with integrated features. The black-box GSD 25 sonar module includes true dual-channel 1 kW CHIRP, plus CHIRP SideVü and DownVü scanning sonar (transducers sold separately).

The new GHP Reactor autopilot systems borrow from Garmin's aviation wing and compensate for pitch and roll.

— Rich Armstrong

Imtra unveils new LEDs for down-light systems

Imtra Corp.’s new Sigma PowerLEDs are a straightforward, dimmable LED upgrade for marine halogen down-light systems. They’re designed for installation in existing fixture locations and cutouts to make full-featured retrofits easier.

Sigma PowerLEDs use a boat’s two-wire cabling and are compatible with many popular halogen dimmers, as well as dimmers from Imtra. The Sigma line is engineered to minimize hum during dimming and reduce electronic interference (RFI and EMI) with on-board systems. Suggested retail pricing ranges from $159 to $189.

— Rich Armstrong

Pettit unveils antifouling paint for DIY market

Pettit Marine Paint's new water-based antifouling paint, Neptune 5, is priced for do-it-yourselfers at $110 to $129 a gallon. The company said the self-polishing paint has no strong solvent smell, and its user-friendly application requires no respirator or sanding between coats. It cleans up with soap and water.

"We know that Neptune 5 is going to be a hit," said Don Zabransky, vice president of sales and marketing for Pettit.

Available next spring, Neptune 5 will be offered in black, blue, green and red at marine stores and boatyards throughout the United States.

— Rich Armstrong

Cobham Satcom brings DirecTV HD on board

If you don’t want to miss the latest episode of “NCIS” while cruising, you may want to check out Cobham Satcom’s new Sea Tel 100 TVHD and Sea Tel 120 TVHD, which are designed to receive HD content in the United States.

These advanced three-axis Ku/Ka dual-band antennas give full access to DirecTV HD programming. The new Sea Tel 80 TV, Sea Tel 100 TV and Sea Tel 120 TV are three-axis Ku-band antennas with programmable worldwide low-noise block and multi-polarization, making them truly global.

The radomes afford flexible cable installation with center as well as side access, so installers can choose the cable lead-in that suits them best. The radomes also feature a service hatch to ensure easy access for maintenance.

— Jim Flannery


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