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{MIBS} Push-Button Boating

Tony Slinn
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High technology is a major trend at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, with manufacturers turning to smartphone-style control systems.

Mercury is offering Joystick Piloting, a retrofit that lets you operate a boat as if playing a video game. It’s available for pod drives, sterndrives, inboard, and even outboard propulsion systems.

Malibu Boats has come up with Surf Band, a wrist-mounted device that talks to a command center in the boat, allowing a wake surfer to tell the driver what kind of wave to create. “Make any wave you want,” says Malibu.

To improve safety at night and in low visibility, FLIR Systems has introduced the Ocean Scout TK. The handheld scope uses thermal imaging to help boaters pinpoint hazards, navigational aids and even people in the water.

Finally, Garmin offers the VIRB Ultra 30 voice-controlled marine action camera capable of “shooting ultra HD video footage at any speed through three-axis stabilization and a GPS.”

Mercury Joystick Piloting for outboards (Courtesy of Mercury)
Mercury Joystick Piloting for outboards (Courtesy of Mercury)

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