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New sport cruisers from Pursuit and Sea Ray offer a fresh approach to outboard power

Pursuit SC 365i Sport CoupeA number of innovative engines and helm-control systems will hit the market with full force this year. Among the more notable helm systems are those from Yamaha and Mercury, which introduced joystick controls for outboards in the fall.

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Outboards in a box: advantages

Outboards in a box: advantagesThe Sea Ray and Pursuit both pass the 40-mph mark with the throttles pegged.

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Electronics 2013

Hardware and software makers expand their ‘box of tricks’ and take the magic to new frontiers

The helm of this Sabre 54 combines traditional craftsmanship with modern electronics.Trends drive trends. At the macro end, stand-alone displays are occupying increasing footage at the helm. At the micro, smart phones have gone nautical. In response, manufacturers of navigation and entertainment electronics are increasingly thinking of ways to work both ends with apps, black-box solutions and combinations thereof.

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A resolution to require emergency locator beacons

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council, meeting in regular session in Watsonville, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2012, recommends that the U.S. Coast Guard require, effective 7/1/2015, all U.S. recreational vessels operating offshore at a distance to be determined from the coastline of the United States by the U.S. Coast Guard carry a properly registered emergency locator beacon.

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The push to mandate locator beacons offshore

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council has adopted a resolution recommending that the Coast Guard move forward with a rule requiring pleasure boaters to carry an emergency locator beacon when they go more than 3 nautical miles offshore or, in the alternative, a VHF-DSC radio with integral or connected GPS when they venture out 3 to 20 nautical miles.

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