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Posted by on Feb 10, 2009 in US |

Drum Roll Please…

From powerboats to sail and the latest in electronics, the curtain is about to go up on the marine industry's latest offerings.

The new Hunter 50CC

The new Hunter 50CC

Boat show time in Miami means new boats and new products. An entire room is devoted to electronics in the Miami Convention Center, and one of the biggest manufacturers, Navico, will be rolling out its new broadband radar starting on Thursday for the Lowrance and Simrad brands. Journalists received an on-water demo of both on Monday and came away impressed with this new technology’s clarity of on-screen targets and relatively easy-to-use interfaces. The preset “Harbour” mode made it possible to see a piling or a buoy until you could just about touch it. The “Offshore” mode could spot tall targets up to 24 n.m. away. We’ll have more on these units in a longer writeup later.

Simrad’s new broadband radar shows extraordinary detail while passing under a Miami drawbridge.

Simrad’s new broadband radar shows extraordinary detail while passing under a Miami drawbridge.

Powerboat manufacturers will spotlight new models ranging from the Pursuit S 280 Sport and Boston Whaler 370 Outrage to the Cabo 52 Flybridge and the Viking 82. Our Yacht Insider columnist, Kim Kavin, recently highlighted several other Miami Premieres, including the new trawler from, the Kadey-Krogen 55 Expedition, and the remarkably named Riva 68 Super Ego. Over at Strictly Sail Miami, the spacious Hunter 50CC (center cockpit) will be one of the larger new models on display.

That barely scratches the surface of what’s to be found at the Miami shows. But if you don’t find what you’re looking for on site, our sister website, YachtWorld.com, has set up a booth full of computers at the Yacht & Brokerage Show. Feel free to stop by to browse hundreds of listings from top yacht brokers.

—John Burnham

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