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PassageMaker Mar/Apr 2020

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)

United States
Active Interest Media
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
treasures, past and future

Editor-in-Chief Digging for a jacket in the darkest corner of my closet on a rare, cool Florida winter’s day, my fingers tapped something hard. Curiosity got the better of me, so I pulled out the offending obstacle: a timeworn wooden box containing my late grandfather’s fly-tying kit. To my soft computer-key hands, the wood, having survived being handed down for generations, felt delicate if not brittle. It had a musty smell—not the malodorous kind that makes your lips pucker at the edges, rather, the nostalgic kind that returns you to a particular time and place, namely my grandparents’ house in England when I was 9. Perhaps sensing my preteen boredom, Granddad had lent me his fly tying kit for something to do. Opening the box unearthed a wonderworld of curious wares, from peculiar…

1 min
the word on the docks

Drawing Board Aspen Unveils New C108 Aspen Power Catamarans has launched the newest member in its proa series, the 35-foot C108. Inspired by the unequally sized hulls of early Polynesian sailing catamarans, Aspen’s outboard boats adhere to the concept by employing asymmetrical twin outboards for propulsion. The C108 salon is extended by 2 feet from previous interior layouts on other cruiser models, and the overall beam is increased 8 inches to 10 feet 8 inches. Still trailerable, the C108’s expanded space allows larger accommodations, with greater speed and stability. aspenpowercatamarans.com Waypoints Charter Brazil The Moorings has announced its newest yacht charter base in Paraty, Brazil. Located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Paraty’s cruising grounds feature towering jungles plummeting into the waters of Baia Carioca. Backed by mountains on Brazil’s Costa Verde, Paraty (pronounced…

2 min
grand banks 85

Team Grand Banks continues on its new ley line as it nears completion of its flagship GB85. According to CEO Mark Richards, the concept is a 30-knot boat with tiny-ish (twin 1,000-hp) engines, which if executed would be impressive for an 85-footer. Richards might have also mentioned an “amazingly fuel efficient long-range cruising speed of 21 knots.” And at 10 knots? “The range will be phenomenal,” he says. And the new flagship is only part of the big year that Grand Banks is planning, with the company having completed a four-year investment in its Malaysia and Australia shipyard facilities, doubling its undercover manufacturing capacity in the former to 550,000 square feet, adding 184 skilled staff to the workforce of now 900, and installing robotics technology to accelerate product development. “It’s taken a…

3 min
the many dangers of derelict boats

In 2008, after the world economy took a nosedive, the boating industry faced several challenges. One of the most serious was an epidemic of abandoned or derelict vessels (ADVs). Many boaters in sudden financial straits were panicked about continuing boat payments or maintenance and dockage costs. Perhaps intimidated by the glut of used vessels suddenly hitting the market, some took the “easy” way out—opening seacocks in less-traveled waterways, or simply rowing away from the headache bobbing at the mooring. ADVs continue to be a problem, especially in Florida, which has the greatest number of registered boats and is regularly hit by tropical storms and hurricanes. Severe weather events can rip vessels from docks and moorings, inflicting expensive damage and sometimes sinking boats. Is there a sadder sight than a derelict craft? Half…

4 min
navigating inlets

Few passages are more significant to a boater than ocean inlets. They are a gateway to adventure, or they can mean you’ve safely returned to port after a day on the ocean. Whether it’s the end of a simple run down the coast or the momentous finish to an ocean passage, the outer sea buoy and channel markers leading you in are a welcome sight. Even experienced boaters know, though, that this last stretch can ask the most of a boater’s skills. Inlets may welcome you home, but they can do it with teeth that will bite the unaware or unprepared. Transiting inlets doesn’t have to result in a harrowing tale. A little knowledge and preparation can keep yours from being the next story told. Let’s first understand the dynamics of water…

4 min
there’s an app for that

Smartphones have enough processing power, sensors and capabilities to augment or even replace navigation equipment. While I still believe boats should have at least one dedicated display—mobile devices are susceptible to moisture, heat, dead batteries and falling overboard—the list of mobile apps is extremely long, with more coming out every day. Today’s navigation apps, for instance, have features and functions that rival, and in some cases beat, those that come with dedicated hardware. One of the biggest advantages a mobile device has is an (almost) always available internet connection. This connection makes updating charts and other data easier and more frequent. Here’s a look at three of the leading navigation apps available for onboard use right now. NAVIONICS BOATING This navigation app has features like dock-to-dock auto-routing, community-sourced SonarChart, and easily downloaded daily chart…