The Marlin magazine editors were on-scene for the first day of the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Here are the highlights, including photos of the newest offshore-fishing marine electronics, most impressive sport-fishing boats and noteworthy accessories featured at the annual event.
For more coverage, view the gallery from day two of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
See all of Marlin‘s coverage of this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show here.
Viking Yachts 72 Convertible
Viking Yachts debuted the new 72C earlier this summer on the tournament circuit but FLIBS marks the vessel’s premier in the Sunshine State. Marlin will be spending some time aboard the beautiful boat during Day Two, so stay tuned for more photos, videos and information on this gorgeous battlewagon.
Splashing down in Miami was the greatly anticipated Bertram 35. Hull no. 1 was rigged as a cruiser but hulls 2 and 3 will be fish boats.
Simrad AP44 Autopilot Controller
The Simrad AP44 Autopilot Controller features automated turn patterns and the Simrad Continuum steering technology, plus an optically bonded 4.1-inch color display.
ACR’s new AISLink works as a local-rescue option to notify nearby boats of an emergency. The new product features a seven-year battery and connects to the on-board IPAD and chartplotter.
Raymarine Quantum Wireless Radar
Raymarine’s Quantum Wireless Radar features the new ES Series displays with the Lighthouse 2V17 and 24 miles of range performance.
KVH TracPhone V3IP and V7IP
The KVH TracPhone V3IP and V7IP helps offshore anglers makes an on-board broadband Internet plan more feasible, allowing them to track how much broadband data they have used. It also offers an integrated customer support system for KVH products.
Intellian 100HD WorldView
The new Intellian 100HD WorldView — which was unveiled at the show — is unique in that it adjusts its position with the movement of the boat.
GOST NT-Evolution 2.0
The new GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 features a strobe light sensor and door contact sensors, plus a high-water alarm, to improve boat security against theft or damage.
GOST’s new Nav-Tracker offers latitude and longitude of the boat’s position, another valuable tool for boat-security purposes.
Garmin GPSMAP 1242xsv
Garmin’s new GPSMAP 1242xsv offers a 12-inch display — there also is a 10-inch option, the 1042xsv — with pre-set hot keys to allow angers and boaters repetitive settings for their GPS.
The new Furuno FCV-1900 fish finder upgrades the popular FCV-1200 and features a faster transmission rate, by up to 1.4 times, to display a clearer target separation.
757 Wahoo Lures
These new 757 wahoo lures are constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and are available in two styles: bullet and jet. We noticed these beauties in the Capt. Harry’s booth.
Carolina Series Helm Chairs
The Carolina Series helm chairs from Release Marine were introduced at FLIBS. They feature contoured arms and pads that can be easily replaced in the field rather than at the factory.
SeaGold from Petit is a new game-changing wood coating finish that dries quickly and has a durable, lasting satin finish.
Hooker Electric Hooker Legs Manual Level-Wind
The new Hooker Legs Manual Level-Wind from Hooker Electric is the perfect alternative to an automatic level-wind for their electric reels. The system eliminates the need to use your finger to move line back in forth when reeling line back on the reel and it fits on both #2 and #4 rod butts. The Hooker Legs can also be used when fishing with non-electric conventional reels.
Hooker Electric 2500 Bait Bump
Hooker Electric’s new 2500 Bait Bump is a smaller version of their 4500 Bait Bump. This pump will attach to a 1-inch through-hull fitting and have a 1-inch discharge that can supply up to 2,500 gph with variable flow control.