The wonderful world of boats
MISE À DAY
Fishermen and boaters can't wait to set off on an adventure and sail on the various bodies of water in La Belle Province.
After two years break, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is hosting today until 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Montreal International Boat Show.
Nearly a hundred exhibitors will occupy a total area of 185,000 sq.ft. The 18,000 visitors expected will be able to admire just over 215 boats on the main floor, including more than fifty dedicated to fishing.
“Our industry has been affected, like others, by upheavals in the production and supply chain since COVID and the war in Ukraine, sometimes extending the deadlines for obtaining a boat, but things are recovering and it is going better and better now”, explains with satisfaction the general manager of the Quebec Nautical Industry Alliance, Josée Côté.
Last Thursday, I went to the Boat Show and I mainly eyed the products that might interest fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of my discoveries.
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The range of Suzumar inflatable boats stands out by offering several interesting variations, easy to carry around with modern cars. The representative explained to me that his inflatables were presented in 2.4 m (7.9 ft) versions with carbon fiber slatted floor, 2.48 and 3.21 m (8.1 and 10.53 ft) with inflatable floor, 2.5 and 3.2 m (8.2 and 10.5 ft) with aluminum floor and 2.65 to 3.86 m (8.69 to 12.7 ft) with an all-aluminum hull. “These various models are easy to handle, ready to take to the open sea thanks to their robust design made up of a durable five-layer PVC fabric with inside and outside seams glued to any test”, specifies Patrice Marion.
Marc Alain of Navico Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation, was proud to present the integration system that their engineering team has just developed and which will be installed in high-end models of Princecraft boats and pontoons. Using the NMEA 2000 (acronym for National Marine Electronics Association) network language, data from Mercury, Suzuki, Yamaha, etc. engines is transmitted and displayed on Simrad or Lowrance devices. The pleasure craft operator will see fuel consumption, voltage, engine revolutions, temperatures, pressures and many other relevant information appear on his multifunctional screens, as can be seen on the instrument panel of a modern automobile.
As you walk past the Mercury Marine booth, you can't help but take in the colossal 600-hp V12 Verado and all-new 400-hp Verado with the industry's first naturally aspirated V10 powerhead from every angle. and their impressive displacement of 5.7 litres. However, the one that attracts all eyes is without a doubt the latest, the smart outboard equipped with a mobile application that operates without fuel and without any emissions called the Avator electric propulsion system. The 7.5 E's cross-flow motor technology generates high torque with little effort allowing it to maximize battery life, ensure quick acceleration and efficient performance. “Designed specifically for marine use, the Avator 48V lithium-ion battery is offered in 750 watt panel-mount versions and, optionally, 2000 and 3500 watts,” says Mercury Marine Canada's Market Development Manager, Mr. Gilles Bolduc. .
To see everything
The never-ending innovator, world leader in marine electronics, Garmin, presents to great fanfare the upgraded version of the popular Echomap series, the UHD2 SV with bright touchscreens measuring up to 9 inches. Easily readable in direct sunlight, these new chartplotters with ultra-high definition sonar are now compatible with Garmin Navionics+ and Navionics Vision+ maps as well as with daily map updates. It is also now possible to share data with the wireless network. Version 2 allows simplified control and use of functions such as zooming in and out on maps as well as switching between different views on the screen. The user has the option of linking them to the Livescope system to see fish and structures around the boat in real time up to 200 feet in depth and distance using the renowned live scanning sonar.
After winning the grand prize from Boating magazinein terms of innovation in 2021, the Sea-Doo Switch once again won top honors in 2022, but this time as boat of the year, all categories combined. With their 130 to 230 hp Rotax jet propulsion system, these three-keel pontoons, equipped with an intuitive Sea-Doo handlebar, offer a very pleasant driving experience. Of the three models offered, it is the Sport line, available in sizes of 13, 18 and 21 feet, which will appeal most to anglers. Lowered rails, front section without seat, Garmin depth gauge and GPS, 51 liter cooler with rod holders, unique modular design allowing the cockpit to be moved and rearranged according to the activity being carried out are a few -some of the undeniable advantages. Several LinQ accessories can be grafted onto the platform, floor or rails to enhance the experience. The handyman can install a front electric motor if necessary.
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