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News and new releases from both up and coming companies and some of the biggest names in the marine industry. Bristol Yacht Components advances their Bristol Boarding Stairs, KVH introduces an upgrade to their current communications network, and Raymarine expands their HybridTouch e-series multifunction display.

Bristol Boarding Stairs Awarded US Patent

Connecticut-based Exclusive Yacht Sales, L.L.C., the parent company of Bristol Yacht Components, has been awarded a US Design Patent its boarding stairs. Bristol manufactures its foldable and stowable stairs in carbon fiber, which makes them lightweight and sturdy. The company builds its stairs according to needs (with options from 4 to 14 steps) and can paint them to match the mothership.


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KVH’s New TracPhone V7-IP

Staying connected to land while roaming the seas is always a concern, so yachtsmen are usually on the lookout for the next advancement in communications technology. KVH is introducing the new TracPhone V7-IP, an onboard terminal with a 3-axis antenna system and integrated belowdeck unit. According to the company, “KVH’s new TracPhone V7-IP costs less, is significantly easier to install, and will provide greater reliability” than systems pieced together from multiple manufacturers. “A major upgrade to our pioneering TracPhone V7 system, the TracPhone V7-IP offers a complete end-to-end solution for managing both IT functions and communications on board the vessel. It delivers data at up to 2 Mbps, and has two integrated voice lines that can be expanded to support up to nine simultaneous calls,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.


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Raymarine Releases New Multifunction Display

Marine electronics specialist Raymarine is widening its range. Literally. The e-series multifunction display now includes the new e165 hybrid multifunctional display, which was featured at the HISWA show in Amsterdam earlier this year. Thanks to its clever design, this model, equipped with a new 15.4-inch screen, takes up no more dashboard space than the original 14-inch screen. With three processors—a dual core main processor and a third dedicated graphics processor—, it has a quicker response time. The new model ships at the beginning of October. Raymarine will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 25-29, Electronics Pavilion 367-368.


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