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VIDEO: Raymarine Fishing Team’s Jim Kelly

TODAY’s centre-console tournament fishing boats are big, powerful and designed to get to fish fast, a decided advantage in most tournament-fishing situations. But speed can come at a cost; decreased reaction time can threaten safety.

Navigational environments change quickly. Traffic, weather, visibility, sea conditions, and surface and subsurface hazards are all threats to safe navigation. And they can represent even greater threats to a vessel moving at high speed. Raymarine says, big boat captains need the best technologies to enhance situational awareness and keep themselves, their crew and their boats safe.

Jim Kelly is Owner and Captain of the FLIR Fishing Team out of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Along with Co-Captain, Lance Herring, Kelly runs an Intrepid 40′ Nomad SE in kingfish tournaments up and down the Gulf Coast.

Specifically, FLIR Fishing Team runs a FLIR M364C thermal camera, which is part of the new M300 Series. The dual sensor M364C offers Kelly greater awareness via FLIR’s patented Color Thermal Vision (CTV) technology. This proprietary multispectral imaging technology blends thermal and high-definition visible color video for enhanced identification of buoys, vessels and other targets at night, and displays the image-stabilised video feed directly to one or both of Kelly’s high-definition 22” Axiom XL multifunction displays. And with Raymarine Clear Cruise AR (Augmented Reality), Kelly can overlay and view information about specific AIS targets, making complex navigation and high-traffic situations simpler and faster to understand.

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