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♪ DAGEN: AHOY I JUST KNOW THAT

THE BIG BUSINESS OF BOATING GETTING BIGGER GERRI WILLIS IS ON THE HUDSON RIVER WITH THE WHOLE STORY HEY, GERRI >> REPORTER: WELCOME TO THE BOSTON WHALER, 38-FOOT REALM THAT'S WHAT I'M ON RIGHT NOW

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS BOAT I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL LOOK AT THESE FOUR MOTORS THIS IS 1400-HORSEPOWER THAT'S LIKE SEVEN CARS BEHIND THIS BOAT, PRETTY AMAZING

I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO JOHN PFEIFFER HIS COMPANY MAKES THE OUTBOARD MOTORS YOUR SWEET SPOT IN THIS INDUSTRY IS, LOOK, WE'RE GOING TO GO AFTER THE PARTS, WE'RE GOING TO BOATS GO >> THAT'S RIGHT WE MAKE IT FROM 2

5-HORSEPOWER TO 1750 HORSE TO 1750 PORSE TO 1750 POWSE TO 1750 POWER WE MAKE A LOT OF SYSTEMS THAT GO INTO BOATS JARED: GRED: GERD: YOU ARE FOCUSED IN ON SOMETHING THE CONSUMERS ARE OING FOR, THAT'S — OPTING FOR, THAT'S WITHIN THE UNITS IS A DIFFERENT FEATURES, EASE OF USE FEATURES THAT ARE BUILT INTO BOATS TODAY

PRE-GREAT RECESSION IT'S NOW EASY TO OPERATE GERRI: LET'S SHOW FOLKS SOME OF THOSE SYSTEMS, SOME OF THE I'M COMING RIGHT UP INTO THE CABIN HERE WHERE I WOULD BE DRIVING THIS BOAT I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, DAGEN, THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WORLD CALLED SKY HOOK THAT'S WHAT THIS BOAT IS ON RIGHT HERE SO WE CAN SEE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY RIGHT OUT OF THIS CORNER HERE

TELL US WHAT SKY HOOK IS >> SKY HOOK IS AN AUTONOMOUS FEATURE WHAT WE DO, THERE'S A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU'RE BOATING WHERE YOU WANT TO STAY IN POSITION YOU HIT ONE YOU BUTTON, YOU LINK TO A SATELLITE, AND YOUR BOAT IS GOING TO STAY IN THAT POSITION UNTIL YOU RELEASE IT DAGEN:

AGEN: GEEN: GERR: GERRI: I WANT TO SHOW THE JOYSTICK THEY INVENTED THIS SO THAT ESSENTIALLY ANYBODY CAN DRIVE THIS BOAT

YOU USE THE JOYSTICK, YOU DON'T HAVE TO MAKE ANY CALIBRATION, IT'S EASY TO USE WITHOUT ANY EXPERIENCE AT ALL AND BE ABLE TO DRIVE IT, EVEN A BOAT THAT'S 38 FEET LIKE THIS GERRI: IF YOU WANT YOUR MILLION DOLLAR BOAT DRIVEN BY SOMEBODY WHO HAS NO EXPERIENCE, MAYBE SO, I GUESS RIGHT? >> THAT'S RIGHT GERRI: I WANT TO SHOW THESE SCREENS AS WELL, IF YOU CAN TURN AROUND, GIVE OUR VIEWERS A LOOK AT THIS STUFF

SO TELL ME WHAT'S ON THIS LEFT-HAND SCREEN HERE >> ON THE LEFT-HAND SCREEN IS NAVIGATION YOU CAN PUT ANYTHING YOU WANT ON THESE SCREENS THESE ARE GLASS SCREENS THIS HAPPENS TO SHOW OUR NAVIGATION SCREEN

YOU CAN HE SHOW DIFFERENT VIEWS OF WHERE YOU ARE GERRI: WHAT'S THIS SCREEN NEXT TO IT? >> THAT'S A FISH FINDER GERRI: I CAN SEE FISH FROM THIS? >> FISH FINDERS ARE LEALLY, REALLY – REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT GERRI: ARE YOU TELLING ME THERE'S NO FISH IN THE HUDSON? >> DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THERE'S MANY RIGHT NOW GERRI: HERE WE HAVE THE ENGINE

>> ENGINE DATA, RPMs, FUEL LEVEL, BATTERY LEVEL, THAT TYPE OF — AGAIN WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SEE ON THAT SCREEN, YOU CAN SET IT UP THE WAY YOU WANT IT GERRI: INTERESTING THING ABOUT BRUNSWICK, THEY RECENTLY TRIED STORY >> BRUNSWICK'S SWEET SPOT IS IN BOATS FOR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS, ALL THE WAY UP TO THIS BOAT, THIS IS A HIGH END BOAT OUR SWEET SPOT IS UP TO 40 FEET THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO THE SEA RAY THAT'S RIGHT OUT HERE

THIS IS A BRUNSWICK BOAT AS WELL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT WE'VE GOT PEOPLE OUT THERE WITH THE CAMERAS, ANOTHER — THIS ONE'S A TWO ENGINE BOAT, RIGHT? >> TWIN 250-HORSEPOWER ENGINE ON

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