MIAMI — The marine industry Thursday introduced an impressive collection of new boats, engines and boat-control systems on the first day of the Miami International Boat Show.
I attended a half-dozen press conferences and took in product demonstrations from several companies, beginning with SeaStar Solutions’ new SeaStation GPS Anchoring System with vessel-positioning technology. It’s now available as an option with the company’s Optimus 360 steering and joystick system.
Yamaha also debuted a similar technology — the Set Point boat-positioning function for Helm Master that is composed of a suite of satellite-guided capabilities that improves the ability to fish and maneuver the boat in a precise fashion.
Yamaha also introduced its F25 and F75/90 4-stroke outboards. The F90/F75 is a more powerful but lighter engine than its predecessor, which was introduced in 2005.
Volvo Penta unveiled the final two products in its fleet of next-generation gasoline sterndrives — the V8-430 and V8-380, which use General Motors Generation V engines. The new V8-430 and 380 incorporate the same engineering technologies as the other next-gen gasoline sterndrive engines that Volvo Penta has introduced during the past two years.
“It’s a technology you have to feel to believe,” Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, said at the company’s press conference.
Volvo Penta also introduced a joystick helm control system — Joystick Inboard — for conventional twin inboard-powered boats. The system is installed in a 43-foot Tiara at the show.
Scout Boats has a new luxury center console. The 380 LXF bridges the gap between the 350 LXF and 420 LXF in the builder’s lineup. The 380 LXF is ideal for fishing adventures or open-water entertaining with friends and family.
Scout is known for innovative storage and seating solutions. On the 380 LXF, for instance, a grill, sink and cutting board (Scout calls it a “summer kitchen”) on the leaning post’s aft end folds away — under electric power — and turns into a bench seat with a backrest.
“At Scout, we strive to create what doesn’t exist,” company president Steve Potts said from inside the metallic-gold vessel (with matching Yamaha F350s). Top speed is estimated at 61 mph, with a cruise of 37 mph.
Potts also previewed plans to build a 53-foot center console, one of four new projects for the South Carolina company. He showed a model of the boat after the press conference about the 380 LXF. The quad-powered boat is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2018. It will be the company’s new flagship.
Maverick Boat Group
The Maverick Boat Group introduced its second dual console under its Cobia Boats brand — the 280 Dual Console. The boat is built using the same hull as the popular Cobia 277 CC.
“You can fish this boat hard and flip around a few things, and it becomes a family day-cruising boat,” said group president Scott Deal.
The boat marks the 15th new Cobia model introduced since the Maverick group acquired the brand in 2005.
S2 Yachts introduced two boats at the show — the Pursuit S 328 Sport with Yamaha outboard power and the Tiara F 53 Flybridge with Volvo Penta IPS II 950s.
The S 328 is the sister boat of the S 408 that debuted at the Miami show in 2016. Chris Gratz, Pursuit’s director of engineering, said the boat has “a rugged yet refined profile” with more appointments and refinements than the typical center console.