If They Make It, It Will Be At The Show — Sun Sentinel

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If They Make It, It Will Be At The Show

Products Range From Teak-trimmed Helm Chairs To State-of-the-art Sunglasses.


Whether you’re looking for a new boat or a pair of new boat shoes, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show probably has what you need.

Among the noteworthy vessels making their debut at the 44th annual show is Margaritavich, a 42-foot sportfisherman built for singer Jimmy Buffett by Rybovich of West Palm Beach.

The boat has been kept under wraps, aside from some sea trials, so its debut is much anticipated.

Buffett’s boat is hull No. 1 of the Rybovich 42 Express Walkaround series. Conceived about two years ago by Buffett and Rybovich president Jim Bronstien, Margaritavich will be the first of eight boats in the series, each of which will sell for $1 million. The boat is berthed at Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

Another new noteworthy boat is the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht. Built for cruising, the vessel has an elegant interior featuring wood cabinets, arched doors, marble and granite countertops, custom furnishings and state-of-the-art electronics, all of which are standard. The Hatteras display is at Bahia Mar.

Glacier Bay’s new 3470 Ocean Runner catamaran, which completed a 55-day, 8,000-mile Grand America’s Tour along the Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic coasts in August, makes its boat-show debut at the Seven Seas Yacht Sales booth at the Broward County Convention Center.

The biggest boat in the Glacier Bay line of catamarans, the 34-foot Ocean Runner features a smooth ride and room for a family or two couples to cruise and fish comfortably.

Also new is the Grand Banks 58 Eastbay Flybridge Sedan and the new 80-foot open bridge from Lazzara Yachts. Both boats are at Bahia Mar

Those who like to drive their sportfishermen in style should check out the STIDD Systems Sportfish Package Series 500 Flybridge Admiral helm chair. Visually stunning, the chair features a teak ladder-back design, teak armrest hubs and a teak tread for the footrest.

All teak components are hand-finished with 10 coats of Epiphanes tongue oil varnish and hand-rubbed between coats for a lustrous finish that stands up to the elements. The chair, which is at Bahia Mar, is built to withstand the corrosive effects of seawater with durable self-bailing upholstery, all aluminum construction and a powdercoat finish.

Besides good looks, STIDD, which stands for Superior Technical Innovation from Design to Delivery, engineered the chair for comfort and function. Its ergonomic design improves stability for drivers while keeping them alert.

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Having the proper safety gear is a big part of boating. You hope to never use it, but you want something that will work just in case you do run into trouble on the water.

Two South Florida companies have their new personal locator beacons at Bahia Mar. PLBs have been used throughout the world for several years, but the Federal Communications Commission did not approve their use on land in the United States until July 1.

When activated by an individual in an emergency, a PLB sends a signal that is picked up by one of seven satellites. The signal is then relayed to a ground station and routed to the appropriate control center, where the unique identification signal is matched to the PLB owner’s registered data. The location of the signal is then forwarded to the nearest rescue center.

FastFind Plus from Delray Beach-based McMurdo is a small, lightweight PLB that has built-in GPS capability. Also available without GPS, the FastFind Plus is less than 6 inches long and weighs just 9 ounces. The GPS capability provides rescuers with your exact location.

ACR Electronics of Fort Lauderdale is marketing its waterproof and buoyant GyPSI 406 PLB to boaters as a replacement for 121.5 /243 megahertz-class Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), which are being phased out. A GyPSI unit that can be hooked up to a GPS is available.

ACR also is introducing the RapidDitch-P, a buoyant survival equipment pouch designed to carry a PLB and a GPS. Weighing just 6 ounces, the pouch has padding to protect the PLB and GPS units and a handy strap.

Anyone who spends time on the water in South Florida needs a quality pair of sunglasses. Uvex Sports is introducing sunglasses with melanin polarized polycarbonate lenses that are revolutionary.

Uvex, which is known for its ski eyewear, has infused its sunglass lenses with melanin, the protective pigment that gives our hair, skin and eyes their color. The melanin protects your eyes and the skin around your eyes from high energy visible radiation in sunlight, which can damage the eye’s retina and cause serious problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. The melanin also enhances your vision and increases contrast by filtering violet and blue light.

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