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(R)evolutionary electronics

electronics1Marine radar just got a whole lot better. Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad and Furuno have introduced new solid-state systems that give you the power — and confidence — to extend your boating safely into the darkness, through fog and rain or in congested waters. Garmin’s and Furuno’s units use Doppler technology, which takes some of the guesswork out of reading radar by showing a live view of targets as they move.

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Bertram 35: Carrying a legend well into the 21st century

Bertram35If you’ve long had a crush on the original Bertram 31 but lacked the time and patience to restore one, your salvation has arrived. In a brilliant move, Bertram has teamed with yacht designer Michael Peters to produce the Bertram 35 in the image of her famous ancestor. Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, Maine, will build two prototypes, and the first one will launch this year.

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Rigid hull inflatables: bigger is better

targa30When it comes to boats these days, “supersize me” seems to be the trend. This year saw introductions of a 53-foot center console with quadruple 557-hp engines strapped to the stern, a 31-foot pontoon boat with triple 300-hp outboards and a few big sportfishing yachts powered by as many as 5,200 ponies.

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The Smart Buyer: Boat survey essentials

smartbuyerEditor’s note: Knowing how to take your boat search to the next level is what BoatQuest.com, one of Soundings’ sister properties, is all about.

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The Smart Buyer: Establishing baselines can help you avoid troubles

smartbuyerModern marine engines have come a long way from the sputtering, oil-dripping beasts they used to be. Electrical systems with smart chargers, inverters and advanced sealed batteries are light years ahead of the leaky blocks of energy that used to start our engines and power our coffee makers.

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