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Say goodbye to multiple gauges at the helm. Glass bridge systems for everyone are on the way.

Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit system allows you to customize your helm with MFDs from Garmin, optimized for use with Volvo propulsion systems. Available in 8-, 12- and 15-inch sizes, the displays have integrated processors and cooling. www.volvopenta.comThere was a time, not too long ago, when being able to manipulate a digital chart that showed your boat’s progress with a couple of push buttons seemed almost miraculous. That was before the proliferation of touch technology devices and slick smartphones, tablets and computers that respond to the swipe of a finger to turn a page, or a pinch to zoom in and out.

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Essential elements of a serious cruising yacht

Fleming pilothouse motoryachts (55 pictured) are designed for serious cruising, with seakindly hulls and thoughtful features.My intent, in designing the Fleming, was to create a boat with pleasing lines, built on a capable, seakindly hull and designed for serious offshore and coastal cruising — easily said but, as always, the transition from concept to reality lies in the details.

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The smart buyer- Essential elements of powerboat design

When you’re buying a boat, it goes without saying that you want to find one that best suits your needs. To fulfill that mission, you’ll need to know the characteristics that count.

So what are the elements of effective powerboat design?

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A Beneteau designer takes our questions

Patrick TableauPatrick Tableau lives in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the west coast of France — next to Beneteau headquarters and only about 150 feet from the sea. He has worked for Beneteau for 30 years and for the past two years has served as Beneteau’s head of product marketing.

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The smart buyer - Purchasing a storm-damaged boat

Determining the boat's condition before it was damaged will help you decide on an offer or bid.Owners and insurance companies sell a wave of damaged boats soon after a major storm hits the coast. These boats can a bargain for those with the skills and resources to repair them, but they also can be the proverbial “hole in the water” waiting to be filled with money, sweat and lost hopes.

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