Boats as far as the eye can see. That's the first thing you'll find at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Every year, new boats and marine products make their debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and this year’s 59th edition is no different. Yesterday, Soundings editors ran around this year’s show to find out what is new. Here are just some of the cool products they have found so far:
HCB Center Console Yachts has delivered the HCB 65 Estrella. The builder says it is the world’s largest center console yacht. Besides its cool looks and luxury amenities, the 65-footer is powered by five Seven Marine 627-hp outboards supplied by an 1,800-gallon fuel tank and comes standard with Seakeeper gyrostabilization.
Albemarle Boats revealed its new Albemarle 27-foot Dual Console. Albemarle Boats designed the 27DC for boating families who want to anchor at the sandbar, waterski, dive, cruise, dine by boat, fish or do almost anything else on or around the water. The boat features an electric head, freshwater sink, a cockpit shower, a bunk and a dry storage area for larger items like rods and wakeboards. Charging ports are located throughout the boat.
Cox CXO300 diesel outboards
British diesel engine maker, Cox Powertrain, revealed the CXO300 diesel outboard engine. Delivering 300 horsepower at the propeller, the company says the CXO300 is the world’s highest power diesel outboard engine. At the show, a twin-engine configuration was on display on the transom of the new Intrepid 345 Nomad Center Console. Cox Powertrain says the diesel outboard offers at least a 25 percent better range compared to a gasoline outboard. It weighs in at 827 pounds, and the company says it will last up to three times longer than a gasoline outboard.
KVH TracPhone V3-HTS antenna
KVH Industries, Inc. has introduced a small SATCOM antenna for boats as small as 25 feet. The compact TracPhone V3-HTS, has a 14.5 inch diameter and weighs 25 pounds. It is smaller in physical size than any other Ku-band marine satellite communications antenna on the market today and is designed to provide data speeds of 5 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.