By admin ~ December 12th, 2008. Filed under: Stem to Stern.
Lowrance Goes HD
From its smallest 5-inch to its largest 10.4-inch screen displays, Lowrance is now offering high definition performance to its fishfinders, sounders and GPS units. The advanced LED backlit screens are easy to read and feature new user-friendly menus, Navionics cartography and the familiar Lowrance Broadband Sounder technology. Four new HD models are now available and can be operated as stand-alone units or integrated into a system through Ethernet and NMMA 2000 networking. For more information, log on to HDSrevolution.com.
Zodiac Pro 20 is an Antidote for Feeling Fuelish
Zodiac of North America has launched a new microsite comparing fuel usage and horsepower differences between their RIBs and similar-sized center consoles. According to Yamaha engine performance tests on a variety of vessels, Zodiac RIBs use less horsepower and get up to twice the miles per gallon as traditional fiberglass counterparts. Gary Durnan, VP of Recreational Products for Zodiac said the performance comparison tests compare the 28-foot Zodiac Pro 20 center console with similar sized models from five manufacturers. On average, the Zodiac used half the fuel. The Pro 20 weighs roughly 38 percent less than the other crafts allowing similar performance with less horsepower.
“Every dollar we can help boaters rescue from the fuel tank is one more they can spend on their passion. Rising fuel costs can be offset by a more fuel efficient boat. Zodiac RIBs make excellent fishing boats, ski boats, wakeboard boats, and general runabouts,” Durnan continued. Visit the microsite at SaveFuelKeepBoating.com.
Bertram 540 Debuts
Bertram debuted its totally redesigned 540 in October. Bertram fans immediately noticed the long-rumored wraparound windscreen on the superstructure, now styled by Zuccon International. Another big departure is the location of the galley aft, next to the drop-down window overlooking the mezzanine deck. Look for a full report after we sea trial the yacht.
WillDo Jets Deliver Four-Way Thrust
Thinking outside the box produces ideas that sometimes make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” WillDo’s new thruster might have you saying the same thing. No battery necessary, no propellers and no large tunnels drilled through the hull make this a unique system. WillDo’s Jet Thruster works on an hydraulic motor powered by the boat’s main engine. The hydraulic motor pushes raw water through 45-millimeter diameter hoses that end in small nozzle openings on the sides of the hull, one each fore and aft, port and starboard. Since the system doesn’t use battery power, sideways thrust can be provided for as long as the main engine is idling. Four individual valves regulate the water-flow through the system providing opposite thrust fore and aft or total sideways thrust. The WillDo system can also be installed as just a bow thruster or stern thruster in cases where a conventional bow thruster already exists. willdousa.com; 888-423-2664.
Phones are Passé, You Need A Personal Communicator
Perfect for the boating lifestyle, Navis USA Marine brings us the Navis Link Digital Personal Communicator. In true James Bond fashion it combines a cell phone, PDA, three mega-pixel camera, stereo Blue Tooth headset, charger, USB cable, spare wrist band and spare battery. Smart functions include document storage, organizer, calculator, voice and hand writing recognition, and a removable microSD storage card for added convenience when transferring data. Oh, and need we mention that its GSM frequency bands provide worldwide versatility? 007 would have it no other way. By the way, it also tells time. $359. navisusa.com.
Lynyard Cay Developer Focuses on a Natural Setting
Seattle resident Dana Mower has begun construction on a low-impact development in the Abacos. Lynyard Cay is directly south of Hope Town and is platted for 50 waterfront homes, a cluster of 50 Bahamian-style cottages and a 150-slip marina. Much of the island is going to be left in its natural state, except for winding bike paths, and to reduce the need for irrigation and fertilizers, there will be no golf course. For more information, contact 561-737-9882, or visit lynyardcay.com.
Wine Host No Spill Frill
Necessity being the mother of invention, when boat owner and security analyst Holly Mungal couldn’t find a product to securely hold long stem wine glasses on his boat, he invented one. The Wine Host is a semi-circle stand made of powder-coated metal in black or champagne finish and fitted with suction cups and clear plastic non-slip guards that safely cradle a bottle of wine and four large balloon glasses. With patents pending for design and utility, Wine Host provides an elegant cradle for your glasses in impossible locations. $59.95. mywinehost.com.
Riviera 5800 SportYacht
The next model to appear in Riviera’s Sport Yacht series will be a 58-footer available in two interior configurations with three or four staterooms and galley up or down. Powered by a trio of 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS drives, this sportcruiser is projected to deliver a range of 450 nm at 22 knots. Fixed and opening portlights in the hull are a striking feature that, together with opening portholes on each side, add natural light and ventilation into the full beam master stateroom and the other cabins. The design scheme blends the indoor/outdoor atmosphere with large outdoor living areas under a sliding hardtop. The tender is also concealed in a stern garage, separate from a utility space and the engine room. The 5800 SY will debut at Australia’s Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May. rivierayachtsinc.com; 772-403-1060.
Everglades debuted its 350 Express in Fort Lauderdale as an alternative to inboards with a performance oriented, overnight capable, outboard package. The 350EX offers families and anglers plenty of amenities including a fully-enclosed helm deck with dedicated two-unit A/C system, a cockpit large enough to mount a full-size fighting chair, and a four-cubic foot, refrigerated drink box and bait freezer. The cabin features six-foot, four-inch headroom. With triple V8 Yamaha power, expect speeds of 51 knots at WOT. 386-416-0434; evergladesboats.com
The 2009 Cruising Guide to Abaco, Bahamas
This 20th annual edition of the best-selling cruising guide to one of the most popular cruising areas on the planet is a family project. Author Steve Dodge is a retired professor of history who has lived in Abaco since the 1970s, and with his two sons has revised the guide. The book includes 76 nautical charts and maps based on updated hydrographic research and nearly 100 magnificent full-color pictures–including aerial and satellite images. The Cruising Guide to Abaco, Bahamas 2009 will provide hours of entertainment and dreams of places where blue-green waters and sandy beaches await your eventual visit. ISBN: 978 0932265876. wspress.com.
Lauderdale Marine CenterDoubles Yard Capacity
Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), a New River repair yard just seaward of the I-95 bridge in Fort Lauderdale, has recently doubled its capacity with the buildout of its 51-acre property. The yard operates with an interesting business model. While it provides the hauling, pressure washing and spray painting of boats, owners and captains hire their own subcontractors or do the work themselves. “We have fifty tenant companies on site, but we don’t restrict owners to using our tenants. They can bring in their favorite tradespeople from anywhere,” according to Dockmaster John Terrill. LMC is also a green marina with two pressure washing bays that drain debris and loose paint into filtering traps. LMC offers 200 and 300-ton TraveLifts, 124 covered and open inwater slips, and 92 spaces on the hard for hauled vessels with adjacent area for trailers, and storage pods. Visit Lauderdalemarinecenter.com; 954-224-5847.
Classic Design, Modern Look
Costa Del Mar’s new Cudjoe (as in the Key) sunglasses are a revamped interpretation of the classic aviator-style sunglasses. Frames are available in either “bling-bling” gold or “cool” gunmetal and feature sturdy wire cores, omega spring hinges and new sport-based silicone nose pads for comfort and fit. Lens options include Costa 400 or the “high-def” 580 mirror or non-mirror. $189. costadelmar.com.
Nothing Runs Long Like a Deere
John Deere Power Systems recently unveiled powerplants perfectly suited to the needs of long-distance cruisers. At the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Deere took the wraps off its PowerTech 6090SFM75, a six-cylinder, nine-liter displacement, sea water cooled engine with high torque at low-rated speeds, developing up to 500 horsepower (373kW). Front or side service locations offer options for new installations or repowering. The engine shares the same approximate footprint with the 6081 engine, which can be keel cooled and develops a maximum of 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. In Seattle, Deere introduced another six, the 6068 common rail. With its 6.8-liter displacement and peak 400 horsepower, it’s designed for smaller trawlers or gensets, according to Marine Product Manager Dave Flaherty. JohnDeere.com/jdpower.
Sunreef Power 70
Sunreef’s first power cat is undergoing finishing touches at the shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The exterior was styled by luxury yacht designer Denn Clifford, in collaboration with Sunreef engineers and designers. Powered by twin 870-hp engines, the 70-footer can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots. Built using the resin-infusion method, the 70 Sunreef Power will be available in three versions: charter, semi-owner and owner. Hull number one is being fitted out for family voyaging with twin 370-hp Volvo Penta engines to deliver a range of 10,000 nm at 10 knots. Sunreef-yachts.com; 48-601-315-206
Exter Sunlight Readable Display Cuts Glare
Reading an LCD screen in direct sunlight can be tricky but Beijer Electronics is trying to overcome glare on several fronts. Its new EXTER Sun-Readable HMI range screens combine the benefits of a standard backlit LCD screen with an enhancement film applied on the internal screen to improve brightness and contrast and a polarizing film applied to both sides of the touch screen to reduce reflection. The outer screen is also etched with a slightly textured finish to reduce mirror imaging and maximize light transmission. The screens are 100 percent dimmable for use in low-light situations. beijerelectronics.com; 847-619-6068.