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.
Looking for a sleek express cruiser that will give you something a bit different with a top end in the mid-40s? Now that we have your attention, check out the Filippetti S55, and get a load of just what this Italian builder has in the pipeline.
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