The smooth, nearly seamless “glass bridge” helm of the 53 offers an exceptionally up-to-date, fully integrated Garmin 8212 multi-touch MFD. The unit (there were two onboard our test boat, one of them optional) presents engine data, an electronic chartplotter, vessel-monitoring information, a crisp radar picture, and all sorts of other onboard info. Additionally, screen layouts, data, and gauge displays are fully customizable and you can switch them from screen to screen. You can even add Garmin Helm via a free app, a tricky little feature that lets you view and control chartplotter function from an iPhone or iPad.
The 2016 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show has docks full of new motoryachts and express cruisers you will want to know about. Some will excite you. Some will keep you up at night. One may be your next boat.
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