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Check out Bill Buckland the owner of Buckland’s Fisherman’s Center who is helping his customers convert today’s latest reels, which are mostly designed with heavy drags to accommodate braid and converting them over in one easy step so they have smoother drag pressure for mono. Check out the 2 minute video and please share it with anyone who needs to convert their reels. Contact Bill Buckland Ph: 1-800-765-RODS or 561-252-9444
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Helm Electronics Upgrade
All at once or piecemeal? Mix and match brands?
by Steve Katz
In spite of all of the information available about the latest marine electronics – new releases, future offerings and the like, many owners are not prepared for a complete electronics makeover. The speed with which new technology is introduced can be overwhelming. Though your boat may have a fully capable electronics package, chances are good that some new features in the most current offerings may peak your interest.
When the time comes to remodel your boat’s electronics, there are a number of options. You can always upgrade your entire package at once. Another, less publicized option (that is increasingly easy today) is to upgrade in piecemeal. This option allows you to mix and match brands of electronics, getting the best of new offerings while keeping the best of what you already own. Which option is the right one for you?
When to upgrade?
If your current system is functioning properly—that is not requiring repeated, expensive repairs and can be counted on to perform reliably for navigation, collision avoidance and fish finding in all conditions – then you can expect to get about ten years of life out of the system. Once you pass the decade mark, service and parts repair become more difficult and cost prohibitive. Some companies, such as Furuno, are famous for their ability to repair units that are ten or more years old. In addition, some marine electronics companies specialize in repair of older hardware, often focusing on a particular brand or popular model. Some of these companies buy used equipment just for the parts, keeping them on hand to repair customers’ units.
Can I upgrade piecemeal?
A piecemeal upgrade refers to replacing a single or few components of a system, without a complete overhaul. The NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 protocols are industry standards that require baseline compatibility of marine instrumentation. The protocols effectively ensure that many pieces of hardware can share information regardless of age, model or brand of hardware. Before these protocols were enacted, such broad compatibility did not exist and complete overhauls were the order of the day. Owing to the protocols, however, piecemeal upgrades are smoother now than ever before.
What does a piecemeal upgrade look like? A customer of mine wanted to add a CHIRP system to his existing electronics. He had a Furuno VX2 sonar package and an older Garmin chart plotter. As it turns out, the Garmin chart plotter was compatible with a Garmin CHIRP module while the Furuno VX2 was not compatible with the Furuno CHIRP module. This allowed him to keep the existing Furuno Radar, Furuno tone burst sounder while adding a CHIRP system to his existing display. Even better—owing to the NMEA2000 protocol, the new CHIRP transducer can be used with most any modern CHIRP system now or in the future.
Besides CHIRP and satellite positioning, there are other new technologies that make life easier on owners and crew. These include high resolution sea surface temperatures and weather, integration of instruments with entertainment systems, Wi-Fi connectivity for remote viewing devices, compatibility with specialized navigation charts and more. The ability to selectively integrate new instruments into your onboard electronics package is uniquely appealing.
Mix and match brands?
The comprehensive compatibility protocols allow different brands of hardware to share critical navigation information across a standardized brand-independent network. Devices such as autopilots, GPS receivers, sounders, temperature sensors, etc. can provide NMEA2000-data to different brands of hardware on the same boat. This often excludes propriety data such as a radar or sonar imagery which are carried on proprietary data networks, not NMEA2000.
The popular “black box” system, also known as standalone processors, offers flexibility in the design of helm packages. Furuno, Garmin and Simrad all offer black box processor systems. In these systems, the main processor is found under the helm or other dry secure location, and the hardware is connected to helm display screens. The display screens used can be of any brand that meets the specifications of the processor. Independent companies such as KEP Marine/Sparton and Hatteland offer marine duty, sunlight viewable monitors, as do Furuno, Garmin and Simrad. Combining different brands of black boxes can allow you to cherry pick the best equipment from each manufacturer, while displaying the images on matching screens.
How does this work in practice? A captain wanted all the displays on the helm to match, but wanted a combination of brands, such as Furuno radar and Garmin CHIRP. He designed his helm with matching KEP Marine monitors and “black box” processors. The result provided multi-brand functionality and ability to view data on any of the matching screens.
Today’s newest chart plotters allow you to display video and information from many sources, including other brands of hardware. Yes, it might look surprising to see a Furuno Radar on a Garmin screen or a Garmin CHRIP on a Furuno display. The flexibility in these systems, however, allows the user to create custom solutions to meet the exact needs of most any captain and owner.
A Pro’s Tip: Small screens, routed to large displays
Another alternative to the black box system is to select the small screen size of new equipment across the board. You can then use the video output of the new device as an input on the existing large display screens. Many times the cost of new instruments is primarily dependent on screen size. You can purchase new, small-screened equipment that has the same technical specifications of larger-screened models for much less money.
If opting for this approach, you will still need to have a way to operate the small screens. Though not as elegant as a true black box system, this is a cost effective way to try out new technology without a major overhaul. You will need to check compatibility of the new and existing equipment to see if this will work with your hardware. This approach is particularly useful for boats with limited helm space.
When to upgrade everything on the helm at once?
The answer to this question is generally a combination of financial and functional issues. The advantages of an engineered system package are great, but often so is the cost. The functionally of older equipment and the feasibility of its repair and maintenance may lead to entire system replacement with new hardware.
Keep in mind that the supporting hardware may need to be upgraded too. Supporting hardware includes radar, sounders, antennas, weather modules, displays, remote controls and the like. If budgeting for a complete overhaul, you should also consider the resale value of old hardware. There is a good secondary market for popular hardware. Using the internet in combination with word of mouth, it is easy to let others know what you have for sale. You can even list your old hardware on the sportfishing marketplace of InTheBite.com. Functional hardware that is one or even two generations old may easily find a home in another boat.
There are marine electronics businesses that specialize in the purchase, sale, and repair of used marine electronics. There is some older equipment that is no longer made or serviced by the manufacturers but is still in high demand by boaters. Those who need that an out of circulation item may pay a premium for your used parts. An interesting example is the popular Simrad autopilot control head, the AP26. The product is one generation old. Today it is worth about $800 on the used market, not much less than the item’s cost when new ten years ago!
Helm Makeover Takeaways
A complete helm makeover is not always necessary to take advantage of newer marine electronics. Many of the new features available with latest equipment can be integrated into your existing system. If you want to try out a new instrument but are not ready to fully commit, you can always further integrate later in the event of a full makeover. With all the options available, now is a good time to be in the marine electronics business.
Why add new navigation systems?
Making use of other satellite positing systems is a great reason to consider adding a new chart plotter. While we are familiar with GPS (global positioning system), this is actually owned and operated by the United States Government as a national resource. Other governments operate similar, proprietary systems. These include GLONASS (Russian), Galileo (European Union) and QZSS (Japan). Most of these systems offer global coverage. Many of the newest marine electronics systems are capable of receiving signals from these systems, adding another layer of redundancy to your navigation systems.
New imaging from Raymarine looks to be interesting. Pretty soon we’ll be able to see billfish swimming under the boat in real-time.
Beaufort, NC (February 14, 2017) – Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently contracted the custom construction of Hull #64 and Hull #65, both for repeat customers and both to be 64-feet in length. Hull 64’s specifications are still being kept close to the vest, however Hull 65’s soon-to-be four-time Jarrett Bay boat owner, Walt Kuhn, is excited to share the details of his next hard-charging Contango.
Kuhn stepped into the custom construction waters with his first Jarrett Bay, Hull 34 – a nimble 27’ center console named High Tension. Four years later, he upped his offshore ante with Kirsten, the 41’ express Hull 44. And in 2008, Contango Hull 52 was delivered as Kuhn’s latest interpretation of the perfect 53’ sportfish platform.
“I obviously enjoy the custom construction process as I am back at it for a 4th run. I love being able to fish the way I want to fish, and with timeless style,” Kuhn commented. “But what I really enjoy are the friendships that have evolved by working as closely as Jarrett Bay owners are afforded in seeing our vision through with their new construction team. Especially as the materials & components advance at a lightning fast pace, it’s really exciting to map out & then fish my heart out on the next best Jarrett Bay.”
Construction will begin on both hulls as soon as design & propulsion details are finalized between each owner and Jarrett Bay’s engineers & construction foremen. Expected to deliver in time to debut at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Hull 65 will surely be the talk of C-Dock with her full Palm Beach Tower and stunning Alexseal Yacht Coatings topsides. In addition to the continual evolution in materials & structural improvements each Jarrett Bay build marks, one of hull 65’s most notable advancements will be a focus on advancing mechanical & electrical systems innovations to reduce salt water coolant circulation. By minimizing raw water cooling requirements, the design seeks to greatly increase the longevity and efficiency of major equipment, while also reducing maintenance
While waiting for Hull 65 to evolve, Kuhn’s 53’ Contango will join fellow 4-time Jarrett Bay owners, the Huddles, and their recently delivered 64’ Builder’s Choice at Casa De Campo in the Dominican Republic for the 2017/2018 blue marlin season. No doubt, Kuhn’s glimpses of the spacious 140 sq. ft. cockpit of the Builder’s Choice fishing the Dominican’s FADS will keep him & his crew pumped for their new Contango to join the elite fleet of Jarrett Bay 64 footers.
64’ Jarrett Bay – Hull 64 & Hull 65 Initial Specifications
• Length Overall: 64’
• Beam: 18’ 6”
• Draft: 5’ 3”
• Freshwater Capacity: 250 gal.
• Fuel Capacity: 1800 gal.
• Displacement: 78,000 lbs.
• Power: TBD
HMY Yacht Sales Expands Superyacht Division, Partners With Ward Setzer
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – HMY Yacht Sales, one of the largest yacht dealers and brokerage firms in the world, has partnered with Ward Setzer of Setzer Yacht Architects, an award-winning yacht design and naval architecture firm, to build a unique, client-oriented platform within the US Superyacht industry. This strategic alliance leverages the powerful HMY Yacht Sales brand, the HMY offices at Superyacht-friendly marinas like Miami Beach Marina, Palm Harbor Marina, Charleston City Marina’s Mega-Dock and HMY’s innovative marketing solutions for yacht brokerage clients with Setzer’s decades of experience in the design and construction of superyachts where Ward guided both yacht owners and shipyards alike through the multi-stage process from design to delivery.
“HMY Yacht Sales has been very successful for years at selling large motor yachts,” says Steve Moynihan, Owner and President of HMY Yacht Sales. “The company achieved great success in 2016 with multiple vessels listed and sold in the 100-foot plus category. Our clients look to us as the experts in positioning, pricing, and selling their superyacht. The addition of Ward Setzer and the expanded marketing approach by our team will increase our success in listing and selling more 100 to 200 foot superyachts.”
“Setzer Yacht Architects has been blessed with a successful run of 25 years during which hundreds of our designs have gone from sketch to active seagoing enterprises,” said Ward Setzer. “It became obvious that in addition to helping owners of our past designs, that we also had developed a deep understanding of all the processes involved in unique yacht ownership and that it was time to put this knowledge and energy to good use. There were a great many respected Superyacht brokerage firms that wanted to collaborate with us, however; it was HMY Superyachts and Steve Moynihan who understood what I was trying to accomplish and saw the values that each of our respected brands could bring to the industry. Together we are creating a platform that will grow and support superyacht owners providing value through real knowledge gained from sketch to sea.”
In addition to exciting new superyacht offerings over 100’/30M, the HMY Superyacht Division is introducing several exclusive “new construction” opportunities including the “Vestal Line” of motor-yachts by Admiral Marine at 44 and 50 meters, the “Trident Series” by Outer Reef at 30 and 32 meters and a unique Trinity Yachts 51 meter project. HMY Superyachts and Setzer will have an all-new display on Collins Avenue at the upcoming Yachts Miami Beach Show where these exciting new opportunities and more will be presented.
“In Their Own Words” is an InTheBite exclusive that provides perspective and insight from the top minds in the sportfishing industry. In this installment, Contender President Joe Neber details his approach to Contender and all that goes into the creation of one of the industry leaders in big game center console fishing.
Founded in 1984, Contender Boats has been a leading voice in the center console sportfishing scene for more than 30 years. All of Contender’s 25’ and up models are composed of three pieces—the hull, liner and cap. The fiberglass pieces are molded to fit together. Designed for serious sportfishing applications, Contenders feature a toe kick design that allows you to fight a fish from anywhere on the vessel, with your knees and thighs fitting firmly against the rail.
Currently Contender’s Homestead, Florida-based facility produces around 350 boats per year. The company’s specialty features the combination of rapid production times with custom capability. All work is done in house—from welding to electrical to upholstery—everything. Service needs are accommodated by a dealer network of about 30 outlets throughout the United States.
Below is a photo tour of how the boats are manufactured.
Dredge Security 2.0
Freelance Deckhand Kyle Fisher
Manteo, North Carolina
Skill Level – 1 ½ star
Here is the second dredge security tip we have published this year and this one provides security for each arm of the dredge. Dredges were not made to last forever, at least not yet, all too common is a missing dredge arm or total dredge failure during a critical bite. Here veteran deckhand Kyle Fisher makes certain he doesn’t loose any part of the dredge under his watch. Simply take 80-100 lbs cable and wrap each dredge arm as pictured and crimp your wire to the first curled section of each dredge arm. Keep the wire wraps fairly snug to the dredge arms.
Take a minute and check out the fleet of boats located in Los Suenos Marina and Resort in Costa Rica. Images are courtesy of
“©Los Sueños Resort and Marina • Photographer: Pepper Ailor”
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Subscriber Christian Ostbye is the winner of the 2016 ITB Subscriber giveaway. Ostbye, a digital subscriber who lives in Colombia, wins a day of fishing on the Wave Paver, a 61′ Garlington with 2015 Captain of the Year Russell Sinclair. We’d also like to thank Donnetta Vanderhoeven and the Ocean Club of Port Canaveral, Florida for providing $500.00 in air fare to the winner.
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Ed Dwyers Otherside Invitational Tournament April 21-23, 2017
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