BoatsBigger, Faster, Sexier: A Fresh Look at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show (Part 2)
Bigger, Faster, Sexier: A Fresh Look at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show (Part 2)
See the Boat Show through the Unique Wide-Angle Perspective of a Go-Pro Lens
Doug Olander (all text and images)
February 17, 2015
Simply Awesome New Whaler
Whaler’s new 420 Outrage is outrageously alluring. The company’s new flagship is simply awesome. Note: This is part 2 of a two-part gallery. If you missed part 1, you can see it by clicking here (this link repeated at the end of this gallery, also).
A View from the Bow
The 420 Outrage looks ready to take on any seas.
Speaking of taking on seas, you can’t miss the characteristic bow flare of this Invincible.
Hobie’s Biggest Kayak
Even kayaks are going bigger. Prospective buyers look over Hobie’s Pro Angler 17T, a very stable, pedal-driven fishing machine for two anglers.
Tom Rowland’s tricked-out Yellowfin 24 has to be one of the hottest bay boats you’ll find anywhere.
Sea Chaser Ready for Blue Water
Carolina Skiff’s Sea Chaser division offers affordable, serious offshore fishing machines like this 2400.
Ready to Rock ‘n Roll
This very sharp Hydrasports 23 Bay has it all, including some impressive speakers under the T-top, in case you just can’t any longer stand the tranquility of quiet waters.
Wrapped and Ready
With a striking Garmin wrap (I point that out lest you miss it), this Team Tuppens** **Jupiter 38**** looks like it’s ready to rumble.
Long and Lean
Shot from the bow, this photo emphasizes the length of the Jupiter 38.
Pathfinder is marketing its new 2600 TRS as a “his and hers bay boat,” with optional head and various seating options while also offering a high-performance twin-stepped hull.
Bay Boat With a Head
As promised, the 2600 Pathfinder has plenty of space in the walk-down console for a Porta-Potty.
Intrepid’s striking 400 Cuddy with color-coordinated Seven Marine outboards is a head turner.
Comfortable at Any Speed
Hells Bay Boatworks‘ Gary Jennings demonstrates the seating comfort of a Professional model skiff.
Raymarine, Ready for the Masses
In the electronics room, Raymarine gears up early the first morning for the onslaught of a crowd.
Remarkable Detail and Clarity
As this Raymarine HybridTouch shows, the quality of sonar images just keeps getting better.
Just one of the always impressive displays at the Furuno booth.
Demonstrations of new technology always attract crowds.
Anyone in the market to buy/upgrade their electronics can spend hours in the electronics room, where manufacturers like Humminbird, offer hands-on trials of all or most of their product line.
Side-Imaging on Display
Most units on display are programmed to offer a real-world view of what they can do, and often provide information on what the unit can do, as does this Humminbird Onix CrossTouch, an option for inshore coastal anglers.
Garmin’s new Panoptix “all-seeing sonar” is well named, offering omniscient views in any direction.
Seemingly Infinite Flexibility
The flexibility of the Panoptix system is remarkable. It relies on a multi-beam phased-array transducer to make the magic work.
At the Roffs booth, Mitch Roffer explains the benefits of his service to a serious offshore angler.
Ready at the Flir Booth
Just as the show opens on day two, the Flir team is ready.
Invasion of the Drones
Also on the morning of day two, the Boating Writers International annual conference, held in conjunction with the boat show, appears to be under attack, but it’s all part of a demonstration on drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). The tiny propellers push some serious air, as noted by papers that seem to be levitating off the table.
Side view: A serious fishing boat with what Pursuit calls “yacht-caliber comfort in a trailerable-sized package” describes its S 280 Sport.
Standing Room Only
Standing room only. Crowds flocked to wait in line for a chance to walk through the world’s largest production center console, Hydrasports Sueños 53. (If you don’t have well over seven figures to spend, you can’t afford one.)
A Serious Helm
The expansive helm on the Sueños 53’s console.
Three’s No Crowd
Three’s not a crowd on this boat. The Sueños padded seating is uncrowded behind the console. Note the teak flooring throughout.
A peek inside the forward cabin of the Sueños.
All Systems Go
A look at one small part of the boat show early in the morning, long before its official opening.
Deserted — But Not for Long
Another view of the show floor before the event opens to the public.
The boat show is full of surprises. (If you didn’t catch part 1 of this gallery, click here to see all the cool stuff you missed.)