Say goodbye to multiple gauges at the helm. Glass bridge systems for everyone are on the way.There 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.
So what are the elements of effective powerboat design?
Patrick 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.
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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