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2013 Forth Lauderdale International Boat Show
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This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is showcasing more than 3,000 vessels. And aside from size, technology is the important thing in yachts.

Here are 10 examples of the cutting-edge updates—both essential and indulgent—that shipbuilders are making to stay in the race.

(Read more: Wealthy steer away from yachts despite higher stocks)

By CNBC's Amanda Weindel
Posted 1 Nov. 2013

Trinity Blind Date

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The captain's bridge on the Trinity Blind Date comes fully equipped with the latest must-haves, including security cameras that can be viewed from an iPad.

Trinity Blind Date

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The exercise bike on the second-level deck lets passengers work out while enjoying the ocean breeze.

Trinity Carpe Diem II

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Built in 2002, Trinity's Carpe Diem II has received a number of upgrades since, including a GPS that shows surrounding vessels.

Trinity Carpe Diem II

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The yacht boasts Creston technology on an iPad to remotely control everything from lights and entertainment systems to window coverings.

Trinity Finish Line

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The Trinity's Finish Line is outfitted with high-tech features, including a retractable TV in the master suite that emerges from a cabinet at the foot of the bed.

Trinity Mi Sueno

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The yacht's elevator runs from the orlop (bottom deck) to the top deck.

Ferretti Pershing 62'

Ferretti debuted its “Pershing 62” boat at this year’s Ft. Lauderdale Show. It’s bridge includes the latest in technology when it comes to GPS capabilities and security.
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Ferretti is introducing the Pershing 62' in Fort Lauderdale. The bridge includes state-of-the-art GPS capabilities and security systems.

Ferretti Pershing 62'

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The retractable sunroof covers the bridge and sports an electronic glass door.

Wider 42'

The Wider 42’ isn’t your average boat, it’s floors expands to turn your everyday yacht into a perfect spot to lounge and hang out with friends.
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The Wider 42' boasts expanding floors that turn an "everyday" yacht into a cool lounge perfect for hanging out.

Wider 42'

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Fashioned from Formula One cars, the Wider 42' has a multifunctional steering wheel with multiview display.