Jul 19, 2016
Miami International Boat Show Review
On Saturday, February 14th, 2015, boating enthusiasts flocked to southern Florida for the Miami International Boat Show. The annual show generates massive buzz for marine culture in addition to featuring vessels from small inflatables to sleek yachts. Miami is the most desirable spot for the boat show based on its position on the Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay, while also being just a short trip from the Florida Keys. This year presented some of the most anticipated new models the show has put out in recent times, lets look at some of the highlights from the Miami International Boat Show this year.
We have seen some giant center consoles introduced at the boast show in the past few years, but nothing has come close to the 50-foot mark for center consoles. Enter HydraSports Custom 53’ Suenos. The world’s largest outboard-powered center console features Advanced Combat Craft Construction that leverages two million dollars of US Navy-funded research. This massive center console boasts a 52’11 LOA and a beam of 13’. It’s rigged up with Yamaha F350 four-strokes, quad Seven Marine 557 outboards, and a wicked quintuplet of Mercury 350 Verado horses. The price tag is hefty at $949,000 but that’s what is to be expected for a boat whose official max horsepower rating is on the record as “none”.
Dubbed “The Prius of the Seas”, the Greenline 48’ is the first hybrid yacht powered by natural gas. This 48-foot yacht can recharge its batteries with its own solar energy incorporating eco-friendly and fuel-efficient features. It can operate on electricity or conventional fuel (something the captain must manually switch between). Priced at $1.1 million, it’s loaded with top-end electronics and eco-friendly options. A new age of boating is coming with the sun being the latest source of fuel for your vessel.
Garmin unveiled their latest navigation system, GPSMAP 640, which was displayed with great eagerness this year. The new model provides users with tides and currents, depth contours, port plans, marine services, and unlimited points of interest. Garmin worked diligently to help users shift effortlessly between marine mode and automotive mode. Users will find no issue when using the GPSMAP 640 on water or land. The high-resolution touch screen display and intuitive interface create confidence and help the user explore with minimal effort. The GPSMAP 640 navigation system is Garmins best yet; it’s powerful and portable enough to help find your way on land or at sea.
Arguably one of the most anticipated items in the performance marine engine world was the announcement of the 627 outboard engine from Seven Marine. Horsepower is king here. The 627 utilizes an all-aluminum GM LSA 6.2L supercharged and fuel-injected V8, the power level was strengthened through developing High-Turbulence Combustion Chamber. Each chamber creates a unique combustion event that increases the engine horsepower, delivering the big torque required for generating top-level performance on large center consoles. The speed of the 627 is 5,500 rpm, while fuel requirements are a minimum of 89 octanes plus 10 percent ethanol. With the 627-HP Outboard, Seven Marine continues to deliver horsepower, torque, and best-in-class fuel efficiency.