MIAMI - Some in the marine industry were eager Wednesday to tout new their products before the official open of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show.
My first stop was at the Miami Beach Marina, where a 32-foot Jupiter center console with the latest equipment from Raymarine and FLIR Commercial Systems Inc. awaited. The Raymarine e-Series line of multifunction displays with the new CP450C ClearPulse CHIRP Sonar was installed on the boat. The package also included a new thermal-imaging system from FLIR, the parent company of Raymarine. The sonar and thermal imaging were tied in to the new e-Series 12.1-inch multifunction displays with HybridTouch touch-screen capability.
The sonar technology uses two independent sonar transceivers to deliver 10 times the resolution of traditional fishfinders, Raymarine director of marketing Jim Hands told me as we headed out on the water. On the starboard-side display, a school of pinfish and herring was clearly pictured as we motored at trolling speeds at the mouth of Government Cut.
"That is just stunning, but of course that is a product manager's opinion," said Brian Vlad, Raymarine global product manager, who was on board, along with Chris Jones, director of product management, and Mark Garland, also global product manager.
Raymarine last year came out with its e7 multifunction display with the same touch-screen technology. The new line of e12 products includes a wider selection of screen sizes and control options. Raymarine also introduced a less expensive version of its multifunction displays — the c-Series, which has no touch-screen capability. Both series offer connectivity with mobile devices.
"We can stream anything on the screen to your iPhone or iPad," Hands said.
The new line includes 12.1- and 9-inch displays.
"We're taking orders now for the 9-inch and 12-inch displays, and the new sonar product is going to hit the market at the end of March,” Jones said.
A second 12.1-inch display on the starboard side of the console showed a split screen of the FLIR thermal imaging, in addition to a chart plotter. Vlad also switched over to the radar display, which showed an insight defined image of a small tug and center console off the starboard bow. Quite the setup.
The MSRP of the CP450C system is $1,999. The c-Series ranges from $1,799 to $2,599, depending on screen size and the sonar option. The e-Series ranges from $2,799 to $3,599.
After the Jupiter sea trial, I jumped into the car and headed for the Yacht & Brokerage Show on Collins Avenue and the Cabo and Hatteras in-water display. The new Cabo Hardtop Express, the 40HTX, powered with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel's Zeus pod propulsion system, was on display — all lit up with blue LED lighting.
This sportfisher follows the 44HTX, which was introduced last year. The 40's new helm deck has two forward-facing seats on centerline and starboard of the companionway. The boat, fully equipped with the Zeus package, is about $1 million.
Also in the water was the new Hatteras GT63 Enclosed Flybridge. The flybridge offers a comfortable, climate-controlled helm deck; powered with twin 1900-hp CATs, it can hit 40 knots. The price is $3.5 million to $4 million, depending on options and power.
There's more. James Meyer, president and CEO of Hatteras Collection & Hatteras Yachts, announced plans to unveil a 95 Raised Pilothouse in the summer of 2013 — the builder’s new flagship.
"When we sell this yacht we really want it to be a full turn-key purchase," Meyer told the roughly 50 guests on hand, which included members of the media. "For instance, the hardtop over the flybridge is part of the base boat. The zero-speed stabilizer is part of the base boat. The 'big stuff' is standard and the 'little stuff,' is standard. ... All you have to do is add water."
The yacht will be named the 95 RPH and will priced at slightly less than $9 million, Meyer said.
— Chris Landry