Sport Fishing - - DREAM HELMS -

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.

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