Fishing & Boating News

Raymarine Teams Up with Billy Joel

Marine Electronics Leader Outfits Singer's New 57' Shelter Island Commuter

by: Walker Agency,

(May. 18, 2004 - Nashua, New Hampshire) Fast on the heels of singer/songwriter Billy Joel's acclaimed Shelter Island Runabout, yacht designer Doug Zurn, Billy Joel, and Coecles Harbor Marine unveil their newest creation, the 57 Shelter Island Commuter, Vendetta.  Vendetta is outfitted with a customized Raymarine electronics package including the widely acclaimed C-120 displays.   Billy Joel's recent completion of his Oyster Bay, Long Island, house and his frequent trips to New York City was the driving force in deciding to proceed with the design and construction of a commuter style yacht. "Her appearance harks back to a bygone era of Long Island Sound commuter boats, combined with the performance and speed of The Shelter Island Runabout," Zurn said. "She will provide a quick, smooth ride in the often short chop of Long Island Sound and the menacing Hell Gate." "It is fitting that some of Raymarine's newest products are being installed on Vendetta.  The C-120 displays are revolutionizing the industry.  The combination of powerful functions and high style are perfect for this outstandingly designed boat.  The C-120 allows for the viewing of radar, fishfinder, and chartplotter in any combination. The high-end, clean look of the dash is enhanced not hindered by the electronics," says, Terry Carlson, president of Raymarine, Inc. When commissioned in early fall, Vendetta will be navigated with Raymarine products.  The uniquely curved dash will include three C-120 displays with brilliant sunlight viewable displays, ST290 instruments, Ray215 radio, 4kw Radar open array, and the new gyro-enhanced SmartPilot with 8001 control head.  Weighing only 40,000 pounds, the 57 Shelter Island Commuter glides atop the open ocean with speeds in excess of fifty knots, while twin 1300 horsepower MAN diesels coupled to Power Vent Surface Piercing Drives quietly drone under a well-insulated engine room. Coecles Harbor will be represented at the Newport International Boat Show with the Shelter Island Runabout. [b]About Raymarine Inc.[/b] Raymarine the world leader in marine electronics develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors.  The Raymarine product lines include radar, navigation aids, instruments, fishfinders, communications, software and systems. For more information about Raymarine call 800-539-5539.