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A peek into the future

Volvo Penta's Glass Cockpit collects navigation, engine and other system data and feeds it to Garmin multifunction displays.What innovations and technologies are on the horizon? Boatbuilders and designers say the focus will be on the helm station. Engineers are dabbling with simplifying electrical and electronic control systems with more intuitive controls for propulsion, electronics and accessories. “We should see major advances in the coming years, with cleaner helm stations and less clutter,” says Doug Zurn, president of Zurn Yachts in Marblehead, Mass.
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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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