PassageMaker November/December 2021

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
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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min

After hours at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, finds a rebuild of the 32-foot Brownell bass boat Souvenir in progress. Established in 1980, Gannon & Benjamin has built over 70 vessels in the traditional plank-on-frame construction method. Every step of the wooden boat building process is either done in-house or in close collaboration with other specialty craftsmen, pooling the talents of local shipwrights, riggers, cabinetmakers, painters, mechanics, patternmakers, metal and foundry workers, sailmakers and more.…

2 min
legends old and new

It’s been more than half a century since Capt. Robert Beebe launched his revolutionary 50-footer, Passagemaker, introducing the concept of the long-range offshore cruising powerboat. In 1975, having put more than 60,000 nautical miles under Passagemaker’s hull, Beebe penned his seminal book Voyaging Under Power, which nearly overnight became the bible for oceangoing short-handers worldwide. A couple decades later, another cruising diehard by the name of Bill Parlatore launched a Passagemaker of his own: this magazine. This Passagemaker wasn’t designed to cross large spans of water, but rather to inform and inspire readers who share the passion for doing so. Fans could take it to work and gaze at the colorful pages whenever the itch for escape snuck up. I recently went back and flipped through some of those early issues. The…

3 min
classic cruisers club

Professional mariner Capt. Jack Molan spent his 34-year career driving vessels of all types in the northern latitudes. When it came time to go cruising, Molan and his wife, Joanne, settled on a wood-hulled, William Garden-designed passagemaker. As with many owners of classic cruisers, they feel that their boat, JoAhna K, found them. BEGINNINGS I’ve been on the water my whole life, surfing, sailing, fishing. My adventurous Swedish wife and I were looking for a converted fishboat when we stumbled on this unique vessel. Knowing boats, I called on friends in the profession to keep me grounded. I was looking for a good boat, not necessarily a wood boat. The boat has had great care over the years and is perfect for us. THE BOAT Our JoAhna K (originally Beagle II) was designed for…

5 min
the copper conundrum

When I first painted the hull of my boat, the bottom job was long overdue (and had been since before I bought her four years earlier). I blushed with embarrassment as the Travelift revealed her sea-worm and barnacle-encrusted state to passersby. Like many newbies, I was book smart, but not boatyard seasoned about the job at hand. I did know that a main active antifouling ingredient in most bottom paints is copper, but I was in Washington, a state that enacted a law to ban copper-based antifouling paints. The ban was supposed to take effect 2021, the following year. With my boat up on jack stands, I zipped up my coveralls and gave the label on my paint can one last scan. Its contents did, indeed, contain copper. How Did Copper Get in…

6 min
lean life, good life

A call from an old friend and former customer stimulated this latest journey into my cluttered mind as a boat designer and builder. Scott has owned several Devlin designs over the years, but has also strayed several times into the morass of fat, bulky, production-white, bathtub-style offerings that are so common on our waters these days. I wanted him back as a customer and knew that time was on my side. His circumstances and desires had matured over the years, and yes, he was back in the hunt for the perfect boat. He had decided that long and lean was the current best-case scenario for his cruising. I worked up this Blue Fin 42 for him and his son to cruise on. We have 1,000 miles of water between the docks of…

4 min
the grant game

For many years, my wife has been trying to get a scientific grant. About what, you ask? Well, she doesn’t really care, except that she has two essential criteria. First, it has to be a really big grant. Think something along the lines of the biggest Powerball lotto ever won. Second, it has to be really easy. Something requiring, oh, 15 minutes a day would be acceptable. My wife has, I’m sorry to report, missed out on several great opportunities. She missed getting the grant that proved conclusively that smokers have less money because they buy cigarettes. I’m cutting her some slack on that one because she doesn’t smoke. She also didn’t get the grant to study women’s sexuality in biblical times, which is a topic of concern among many of our friends. And,…