Blackfin says a Raymarine dream helm for its 272 center console would include: Two Axiom 12-inch multifunction displays Ray260 VHF Quantum 2 radar CP370 digital sonar module B164 1 kW through-hull transducer RV-220 RealVision 3D through-hull transducer T300 thermal camera EV-1 autopilot
“This package will make any 25- to 28-foot boat usable for any type of fishing the customer might want to do,” says Mason Cummings, Blackfin engineering manager. “This will satisfy everyone, from the tournament fisherman to the customer who might fish only a few times a year.”
The Axioms offer RealVision 3D views, with the accompanying transducer, which makes finding and fishing structure simple, Cummings says. The CP370 sonar module and Airmar B164 transducer (50/200 kHz) add clear target detection to 5,000 feet, and “are a must for anyone bottomfishing or trying to look at the bottom in more than 600 feet of water depth,” he says.
Raymarine’s brand-new Quantum 2 radome features Doppler and wireless technology. The former enhances collision avoidance by showing approaching targets in red, and the latter eliminates a lot of cabling through hardtops and consoles.
The Ray260 modular VHF keeps the dash clean because only the handset and loudspeaker mount at the helm; the base unit mounts belowdecks. “This is easily integrated into the system by a Raymarine SeaTalk hub,” Cummings says. “This can also be upgraded to have more than one handset should the customer require it.”
Cummings also recommends a thermal camera for navigating at night and in early-morning fog. The T300 features pan, tilt and zoom, and is stabilized.
And finally, an autopilot system really assists captains during long runs and when they need to direct traffic aboard while maintaining watch.
Boston Whaler takes a custom-build approach to outfitting
its 420 Outrage for potential clients, says Wil Rogers, director of large-boat sales. But in many situations, the first priority is plenty of screen real estate. The 420’s broad helm face accommodates triple 16-inch, multitouchscreen Raymarine gS165 glass-bridge displays.
Whaler then offers a CP470 chirp sonar module in the package, but some buyers choose to upgrade to a top-of-theline CP570, which features superior target separation and a wide spectrum of frequencies with greater sensitivity.
The CP570, capable of reading depths to 10,000 feet, is compatible with a variety of Airmar transducers that offer low/ high, low/medium or medium/high frequency bands. Whaler creates fiberglass pockets for flush-mounting these units.
Interfacing with the gS units, a Raymarine HD color 12 kW open-array radar — available in 4- or 6-foot sizes — provides anglers with plenty of bird-finding power.
Thermal and IP cameras also play a key role aboard the 420. Whaler generally integrates a FLIR M625S or M324S gyro-stabilized pan/tilt thermal camera facing toward the bow. Belowdecks, Whaler installs thermal cameras to monitor the bilge and mounts IP cameras on deck level so the captain can watch the cockpit and other locations.
For communication and safety, Whaler will begin installing the new Ray90 VHF radio, which debuts this spring, to replace the Ray260. The 90 is a modular system that offers a wireless handset. Most owners also request an AIS system that sends and receives, such as the Raymarine AIS650.
Because Whaler is owned by the Brunswick Corporation, which also enfolds Mercury Marine, Whaler generally installs a Mercury joystick-piloting system, which comes with its own autopilot capabilities. Whaler also began its own boatmonitoring system called Whaler Watch, which interfaces the networked boat systems through external devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Using either CZone or EmpirBus, Whaler employs digital switching so everything electrical, including the highly popular Seakeeper gyro-stabilization systems, can be controlled through the helm displays.
Top: A Blackfin 272 dream helm comes with twin Axiom displays that network with a multitude of peripherals. Right: The Raymarine Axiom 12 multifunction display comes with built-in RealVision 3D sonar.