MIAMI 2019: Launch Ramp

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Regulator 26XO

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Regulator Marine today introduced the 26XO at the Miami International Boat Show today. The a 26-foot, 9-inch center console has a 9-foot, 3-inch beam and rides a vee-bottom design that has 17 degrees of transom deadrise. Power is a single 300-hp Yamaha mounted on a SeaStar Solutions hydraulic jackplate.

Fishing features include a Garmin G16 package, a leaning post with a tackle center and a 32-gallon live well. Options include a 10-foot Power Pole blade and a 60-inch Minn Kota trolling motor with iPilot GPS.

Stowage includes 292-quart lockers under the bow seats, and a 280-quart in-deck fishbox. The console seat has a cooler in the base, and there are 256-quart lockers in the stern on each side.

Scout 530 LXF

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Scout Boats has a new flagship, the 530 LXF, a “mega center console” powered by six Mercury outboards or five 425-hp Yamaha XTO engines.

The 53-footer has a 14-foot, 8-inch beam that expands to 17 feet, 6 inches when the electronically actuated beach platforms are deployed. The twin-stepped bottom allows the boat to run in the mid-50-mph range with quads and an estimated 10 mph faster with five outboards.

Scout builds the 530 LXF using its carbon fiber epoxy-infused lamination process, which incorporates carbon/E glass for more lateral stability and reduced weight.

Standard equipment includes a Seakeeper 6 gyroscopic stabilizer, a helm enclosure with electronically powered windows on each side, a cockpit island with a forward-facing bench seat, aft facing bar stools and a cooler, and a sink and cutting board with a granite countertop.

A master stateroom in the bow has a walkaround queen berth that has rod storage underneath and a 32-inch television. There’s a private head with an enclosed shower.

Cobalt A29

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Cobalt gave a sneak peek at its first 2020 model, the A29, a crossover dayboat that features the company’s patent-pending Splash & Stow inflatables management systems. It lets owners deploy, retrieve and store water-recreational devices. A full-beam swim platform with Cobalt’s folding swim step comes standard and is complemented by an optional hydraulic lift and lower system.

The boat is yacht-certified and tips the scales at 7,200 pounds. It’s designed around a rigid fiberglass structural grid and has a deep open bow. The helm seat has a double-wide design and to port, is a walk-through passageway. There’s a private head/changing room, a power-fold-down arch, and optional refrigerator and air conditioning. The boat has 36 cubic feet of under-deck storage.

At the helm, technology includes a glass cockpit dash with a vessel control system that uses the Android OS to provide intuitive, smartphone-like operation. A Siren Marine smart-boat system remotely monitors battery levels, bilge water and other status items, relaying the information to the owner via a smartphone app.

Yamaha 275 series

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Yamaha WaterCraft Group introduced a line of three 27-foot boats: a base model 275E, a 275SE, and a flagship 275SD.

The SE model has a semirigid top, and the SD has a hardtop with skylights.

The flagship 275SD is outfitted with Yamaha’s new DRiVE system, with paddle controls on the wheel. The new technology is designed to give the skipper added confidence for slow-speed maneuvering in close quarters.

“Our intention with this boat was to take a category that was ripe for innovation and completely turn it on its head with new technology and marine industry first ideas,” said Bryan Seti, general manager of Yamaha WaterCraft Group, in a statement. “Between the DRiVE technology, 500-hp propulsion package, patent-pending seating options, high-tech digital display and premium styling, there isn’t a boat on the market quite like the new 275 series.”

The patented DRiVE system is engaged using the Connext touchscreen. Using the actuating paddle controls on the wheel, the operator can toggle between forward and reverse, and can control speeds in both directions.

At no time does the driver need to remove his hands from the steering wheel. “The result is a new standard of slow speed maneuverability that is intuitive, comfortable and convenient,” Seti said.

“Our customers were asking us to create a bigger boat, and they wanted us to bring a new experience to this class of boats like we’ve done across the other segments,” added Seti. “Our engines and driveline allow us to do things other boat companies can’t do.”

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