Boats & Gear
- Category: Boats & Gear
- Created: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:25
- Written by Charles Doane
My annual pilgrimage to the Miami International Boat Show is underway. Unfortunately, I made it to the Miamarina at Bayside just a few hours before the Strictly Sail side of the show closed yesterday, so I didn't have much time to explore in between setting up dates to test-sail boats after the show. But I did get a peek at some interesting stuff, most particularly this stunning command chair, which dominates the saloon of the new Seaward 46RK from Hake Yachts.
This is just the thing for sailors who like to indulge in Capt. Kirk fantasies while sailing where no sailor has gone before. Sitting in the chair you have a clear view through the raised saloon windows forward and can't help but utter the sacred command--Engage!--while gazing through them.
There's also a sub-command chair for the Mr. Spock in your life, who can confab with the ship's computer so as to quickly calculate the odds against your succeeding in your various misadventures.
I found a similar arrangement aboard another new boat, the Scotia 44. This, too, has a vertically oriented nav station where you sit elevated above the saloon with no furniture in front of you, just a clear view forward through the wrap-around windows. The Scotia's command seat has a clear piece of Plexiglass angled in front of it on which you can perch a chart, but it would be easy enough to substitute a pod with a chartplotter. There isn't room, however, for one of those fancy Stidd chairs, like on the Seaward.
Both these boats are quite unique in other respects. The Seaward has a retractable keel and twin retractable rudders and is a skinny-water stealth machine.
The Scotia bills itself as as the Hummer of the Sea and boasts an unusually fine entry, plus a serious fin keel and twin auxiliary engines.
Other intriguing tidbits I found include:
A fantastic rain-catching gutter on the huge coachroof of the new Nautitech 441 catamaran from France. The rainwater is routed either straight to the water tanks or overboard, per your selection via a Y-valve below.
Twin midships cabins on the new Beneteau Sense 55, each with a large fore-and-aft pocket door. The berths also have nifty lap tables for sitting up in the Pullman double berths.
Selden has launched its top-down spinnaker furler, which features a torque rope with an easy-to-assemble mechanical terminal similar to a Norseman or Sta-lock fitting.