New Boats, Electronics and Gear — May 2014

Product introductions from the May issue of Sport Fishing magazine

May 27, 2014

Regulator 23

****(Be sure to click through all the images above to see all the products.)**** ****__**Regulator**’s all-new 23-foot center-console, introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February, features a flush liner, serious-angler amenities and loads of storage. The boat’s length tapes out at 23 feet, 5 inches, but with the engine on a 4-foot bracket, the deck gains additional space. Across the full transom, Regulator has placed a 23-gallon livewell and 30-gallon fish box. Forward of the console, an 88-gallon in-deck fish box can be used as a hold for your catch or function as lockable rod storage. Regulator has matched the 23, which comes with 149 gallons of fuel capacity, to a single F300 Yamaha with Command Link Plus gauges. The company says the boat tops out at 46.9 mph. Other standard equipment includes a saltwater washdown; leaning post with backrest, rod holders and cooler storage; 360-degree coaming pads; 21-gallon freshwater tank; standup head compartment with portable marine toilet, and an integrated, flush folding rear seat. ** SPECIFICATIONS** LOA 23 ft. 5 in.
BEAM 8 ft. 6 in.
DRAFT 21 in.

SeaVee 390-Z

SeaVee‘s new high-performance, twin-stepped 390-Z took time and deliberation to design and build, but the company says it has eliminated handling issues — such as hooking or sliding in sharp turns — that can be experienced in some stepped-hull designs. The new 39-footer and its recently announced 32- and 34-foot sisters were first designed using computer models and then tested in a deckless prototype or “plug” before the first boat rolled out of the factory. The Zs feature multiple lifting bodies with unique geometry and a carefully engineered weight–distribution arrangement for an optimal attack angle — maximum lift with minimum resistance — in any sea. The flagship 390-Z weighs in at 11,820 pounds and carries 538 gallons of fuel. Its base price is $288,300 with triple Mercury Verado 300s. All models will be available in a complete range of outboard configurations; anglers can expect the same deck and fishing amenities as SeaVee includes in its nonstepped models. SPECIFICATIONS LOA 39 ft.
BEAM 11 ft.
DRAFT 26 in.

Suzuki Genuine Parts Maintenance Kits

For anglers who feel competent performing regular, scheduled maintenance on their outboards, Suzuki has created the all-in-one Genuine Parts Maintenance Kit. The kits are available for the entire line from the DF2.5 up to the V6 300AP. They come with parts for all basic tasks, and include oil and fuel filters, spark plugs, a water-pump repair kit, gaskets and O-rings, and sacrificial anodes. The kits — priced from $50 to $300 — cost 10 percent less than the total of all parts, if bought separately.

ProMariner ProNauticP ProMar

ProMariner says its ProMar digital performance-charging platform features energy-saving capabilities and a new operating system. The new models consume about one-tenth the power of other chargers, and deliver wide-range AC input and power factor correction, allowing them to operate off standard household power connections anywhere in the world. The dual digital displays show real-time charging voltage, amperage, and percentage of power out. The units also offer self-start-up diagnostics with pass/fail status and a built-in conservation mode. Available in 10- to 60-amp 12-volt models and 20- and 30-amp 24-volt models, the chargers cost $199.99 to $599.99.

Sta-Bil 360° Marine

Sta-Bil says its new 360° Marine ethanol-fuel -treatment and stabilizer is the first ethanol treatment to deliver comprehensive corrosion protection for marine engines and fuel-system components. The product releases a vapor inside the fuel system that coats all metal parts, including the tank, sending unit, valves, carburetor, injectors and intake manifold. Sta-Bil recommends use at every fill-up for all types of gasoline blends. The 12-ounce bottle treats up to 120 gallons of gasoline and costs $24.99 to $29.99; a 40-ounce bottle treats 400 gallons and costs $49.99.

Mercury 200 Pro FourStroke

Third in the Pro FourStroke family and geared toward flats and bay boats, Mercury‘s new 200 is built on the same six-cylinder Verado outboard platform as its 250 and 300 sister models. The series delivers a crisp hole shot and punchy midrange acceleration, Mercury says, and Verado’s supercharged technology allows programmable control over fuel delivery and air intake. The new 200 weighs 635 pounds and comes with Advanced Mid Section Digital Throttle and Shift, and electro-hydraulic power steering. Available in 20- and 25-inch shaft lengths, its retail pricing starts at $18,590.

Garmin Meteor 300

Garmin‘s new, fully integrated, in-boat audio system, Meteor 300, offers an intuitive user interface and seamless integration into the helm. The multizone audio black-box unit is currently compatible with the GPSMAP 500xs and 700xs, and the GPSMAP 6000, 7000 and 8000 plotters. Meteor uses Bluetooth streaming, so the captain can access music anywhere around the boat. An optional docking station charges and protects smartphones and media devices. The Meteor 300 costs $399.99 (includes two 6-inch speakers).

Simrad NSS evo2

Fully customizable, Simrad‘s NSS evo2 multifunction displays are available with 7-, 9-, 12- and 16-inch screens featuring TouchSensible multitouch control along with logical keypad input and a push-to-select rotary knob. Evo2 incorporates Simrad’s top fish-finding technologies, including BSM-1 Broadband sounder, BSM-2 CHIRP sounder and StructureScan HD, and is compatible with all performance modules such as Broadband 4G and 3G Radar, SonarHub, and GoFree Wireless Wifi-1. The units support a wide range of cartography and can display two distinct chart types simultaneously. Prices range from $1,529 to $5,699.

Raymarine Dragonfly7

A year after debuting its 5.7-inch CHIRP-powered Dragonfly Sonar/GPS, Raymarine has launched a 7-inch widescreen version. Dragonfly7 comes with two dedicated CHIRP sonar channels to provide greater target discrimination in traditional fish-finding and DownVision imaging modes. Dragonfly7 also offers a built-in GPS sensor, and supports Lighthouse U.S. vector and raster chart downloads and Navionics’ SonarChart display within its chart-plotter function. Dragonfly7 costs $899.99 and comes with a transom-mount transducer.

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