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PassageMaker September 2019

PassageMaker Magazine (PMM) is the market leader covering the boats, people, gear, and destinations for the trawler and cruising-under-power lifestyle. Over the years it has evolved to connect the marine industry to consumers through print, digital, online, and in-person brands (Trawler Fest, Trawler Fest University, and Trawler Port)

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
an ode to island time

Editor-in-Chief In journalism, hitting deadlines is as much a part of the daily routine as flipping the switch on the coffee maker first thing every morning. For me, time is always of the essence, so I’m a planner to the core. And when it comes to making any sort of itinerary—whether navigating some water or just my own daily grind—I’m as obsessive as it gets. If you’ve ever been to the Caribbean, then you have surely experienced the sluggish phenomenon affectionately known as “island time.” It’s as if the locals know a clock exists, but their pace is never in sync with anyone else’s. From clearing customs to ordering a fish sandwich (and having it actually arrive at the table), the perpetual hurry-up-and-wait momentum, or lack thereof, can make a person absolutely…

2 min.
contributors

MARY SOUTH A midlife crisis caused Mary South to run away to sea and write the nautical memoir The Cure For Anything Is Salt Water. A founding editor of Riverhead Books, she is also a graduate of Chapman School of Seamanship. A former editor-in-chief of Soundings and Yachting magazines, South’s grueling journalism career has led her to sail around Cape Horn, up the Amazon and to the distilleries of the Inner Hebrides. page 28 and 44 KIM KAVIN Kim Kavin has been messing around in boats since she was a baby at her grandfather’s summer house on New Jersey’s Culver Lake. She has cruised aboard everything from bareboat trawlers to America’s Cup sailing yachts to superyachts, visiting more than 50 nations and islands. When she’s not cruising, she’s writing with her two shelter mutts…

7 min.
news & views

Nordhavn 41 Unveiled Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. has announced its newest model, the Nordhavn 41. It replaces the retired Nordhavn 40 model and was redesigned with a new hull form, in collaboration with Dutch naval architecture firm Vripack. According to the builder, the N41’s deliberately low profile provides a stable and comfortable ride, and the new hull design is CE Certified Category A Ocean for offshore conditions. The N41 is offered in a single- or double-stateroom layout. Double side decks allow for moving around the boat when docking or mooring. Deck space accommodates up to a 12-foot tender plus an 800-pound davit for launching and retrieval. Standard power is twin 75-horsepower Kubota diesels. With 900 gallons of fuel and a cruising speed of 9.5 knots, the builder estimates a range of 972 miles, with…

3 min.
plastic, plastic everywhere

Is there anything more beautiful than the sea? It has enthralled me since before I could swim. Limited to running in and out of the retreating waterline and building sloppy sandcastles on the shore, I trained a covetous eye on the dark blue horizon. Some of my happiest memories as a girl were of summer vacations: body surfing waves until my lips were blue, then ravenously devouring sandwiches salted in sand, with a background symphony of gulls and the aroma of orange gelèe Bain de Soleil. Later, there was the joy of leaving an inlet and heading for open sea, monitoring the radio and keeping an eye on the GPS as an escort of dolphins appeared. The ocean has been a constant source of comfort and wonder, largely because it has always…

3 min.
buoyancy rules

Yacht design and engineering usually evolve slowly, with most new yachts having a lot in common with those that preceded them. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as it minimizes the number of supposed innovations that turn out to be disastrous failures. Occasionally, however, a yacht emerges with a seriously eye-raising feature that warrants special notice. The E4 and E6 models from Elling Yachts are just such examples, designed to be self-righting: that is, to return upright from a 180-degree inversion. Yes, you read that right. With broad-beamed hulls and generous freeboard carried right aft by an almost dead-straight sheer, and with stout-looking low deckhouses, the Dutch builder’s E4 and E6 present as handsome open-water cruising vessels. But behind the initial impression, the ability for each model to right itself in the…

2 min.
the whole picture

A ship’s captain recounted to me a story of coming onto the bridge at sea: “I have a vessel two miles ahead, sir,” said the second mate on watch. “Oh yes, that’s a yacht,” the captain said. “How do you know it’s a yacht, sir?” the second mate asked. “Because I am looking out the window,” the captain said. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) seems to solve so many problems when you are navigating in poor visibility or at night. Your onboard unit will tell you where all the other vessels are and show their heading and speed. With the information displayed on your radar and/or chart plotter, it looks like you know everything that is going on around you. I find that AIS gives you such a positive presentation that you feel reassured, especially…