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Boaters, dealers and builders migrate to Florida each fall for the annual unveiling of new models, gear and technology at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is the big event of the fall boat show season and offers attendees a preview of what will hit the docks next spring. The Soundings crew scoured this year's show to bring back some highlights of what's new for 2011.

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EdgeWater Power Boats

EdgeWater Power Boats introduced its first in a line of shallow-water bay boats with the 220 Inshore. "We look at this as a general-purpose shallow-water boat," company president Peter Truslow says. "It's a great boat for fishing, but a lot of different things can be done with it. We're not going to go into the technical skiff market. We needed something of good quality to offer to our existing customers. Our small boats are quite deep, so it was an area we weren't in." ... read more

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SPOT Hug

Spot introduced SPOT Hug, a satellite-based GPS security device that continually tracks a boat's location and watches for low battery voltage, high bilge water, door or hatch intrusion, and smoke or fire. The device alerts an asset monitoring center to any unauthorized movement. ...read more

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Parker

Parker rigged a 2530 Extended Cabin with a 6-cylinder Yanmar diesel coupled to Yanmar's ZT350 sterndrive (with a hydraulic clutch) and bolted to an Armstrong bracket. Parker thought a diesel option would open new markets. ...read more

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Tiara Yachts

Tiara debuted the 3100 more than a dozen years ago, phased it out and is bringing it back for model year 2011 to replace the current 3000. The 3100 remains the base boat for Tiara owners that the company hopes will migrate to larger boats in the line. ... read more

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4500 Sovran

This newest Tiara offering joins the 3500, 3900 and 5800 Sovran, with an emphasis on filling in the blanks based on customer comments, the company says. The result is improved visibility, based on an advance in windshield and hardtop design that eliminates the center window. ... read more

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Cruiser Cats Havana 38

The Havana 38 power cat is built by Cruiser Cats of Cape Town, South Africa. Clark E. Boeken founded the company three years ago. ... read more

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Cabo Yachts' new 44 Hardtop Express replaces the builder's popular 45 Express, which was introduced a dozen years ago. The company says the new boat is designed for fishing but with the comforts of an express cruiser. ... read more

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ACR Electronics Nauticast AIS Receiver

ACR Electronics introduced the Nauticast AIS Receiver, a receiver-only AIS that is about the size of a box of matches and costs less than $250. This AIS connects to the VHF antenna and chart plotter, and it displays all of the commercial and recreational vessels in the vicinity that are transmitting over AIS. The display identifies the sending station by name and type of vessel, and its position, course and speed. ... read more

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ZF Marine and SeaVee Boats single-pod propulsion

ZF Marine and SeaVee Boats unveiled what the companies say is the first single-pod propulsion application in the recreational marine market. A SeaVee 340 center console is powered with a 480-hp Cummins MerCruiser Diesel engine linked to a ZF transmission and a ZF 2800 Series pod. The pod works in conjunction with a ZF 185 AC bow thruster. ... read more

 

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