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Yachting April 2020

Yachting magazine engages the serious boater with content that educates and entertains therefore enhancing your experience on the water.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

MILESTONES. They often culminate in a specific event. For instance, this month, I turn 50. (When did that happen?) This year also marks 20 years spent working in the marine industry, and well, I’ve been feeling nostalgic. Warning: I’m about to sound like that guy who tells kids to get off the lawn. ¶ When I started out reviewing yachts, there was no software to give helmsmen information on fuel burn—a piece of data readers always want to know. Next to price and top speed, it’s the most popular question we get asked. ¶ We used to tap into an engine’s fuel line and attach fuel-flow gear consisting of sensors, a couple of cables and a box that displayed the burn data. We also had a formula to figure out…

2 min
thoughts on emissions

[Regarding the article “Calling Emissions Control” in the January issue,] we are talking luxury yachts here, from 79 to 130 feet. The buyers realize we have to work with the compliance, pay the price and keep enjoying the ocean. It would not stop me from buying a new boat at that level. The Viking Yachts “movement” to have emissions controls starting January 2021 to be moved out, again, appears self-serving and would indicate that, although they knew this was coming, no attempt to comply was really made. Yes, path of least resistance. ¶ The excuse of, “[If we] stop making the boats, everyone [will be] out of work,” is not good planning. The car manufacturers scream out about emission controls—as they actually come out with even better products. Airplane manufacturers…

3 min
what ever you can imagine

YES, CAPT. JEAN-LUC PICARD FANS, that is nearly a real-life holodeck for a yacht. ¶ But, no, the team at DLBA Naval Architects in Chesapeake, Virgina, didn’t get the idea from Star Trek. Instead, the vision came from working with virtual reality for yacht design, according to Jeff Bowles, DLBA’s director. His team realized that, in a room about 12-by-12 feet with movable furniture, yacht guests could go pretty much anywhere their minds care to wander. ¶ So, in the firm’s new concept for a 147-foot explorer yacht, a virtual reality room is drawn on the main deck, between the galley and salon. ¶ “You can put on the goggles, and you’re on the beach in Cabo San Lucas,” he says. “If it’s a dreary, rainy day and you’re stuck…

1 min
the weekender

WHEN AZIMUT yachts in Italy wanted to create a weekender for American boaters, it teamed up with Florida-based Michael Peters Yacht Design, long known for its work on high-speed vessels. ¶ The result is the Verve 47, a sistership that adds space compared with the Verve 40 and that, reportedly, can hit 45 knots thanks to quadruple outboard engines. ¶ Another key idea during the Verve 47’s design phase was making the skipper’s connection to the sea as complete as possible. That’s why the pilothouse windscreen is designed as you can see it in the photograph below: It not only allows for 360-degree views with few structural interruptions in the sightlines, but it also protects against wind and spray while still allowing fresh air to flow through. ¶ Belowdecks are…

2 min
distance runner

SHE’S NOT THE BIGGEST all-carbon sport-fisher that Yachting Developments has built—that title remains with the 130-foot Lanakai the yard delivered in late 2018—but the new girl to come out of the yard in Auckland, New Zealand, is no slouch in terms of length. ¶ Her name is Al Duhail. At 109 feet, she’s the yard’s second all-carbon sport-fisher. As you read this, she’s expected to have been delivered to her owner in time for the fishing season in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean. ¶ The concept is “basically a global fishing boat,” says Ian Cook, managing director at Yachting Concepts. “You can go for extended, long periods and get in good fishing, as well as good cruising.” ¶ The carbon construction, he says, helps to keep weight down, allowing…

3 min
house cat

COMMON WISDOM SAYS CATAMARANS DON’T LIKE SHORT, CHOPPY seas, especially the kind of maelstrom created when a north-running Gulf Stream meets a leftover northerly breeze. “Washing-machine sea” doesn’t quite describe it. ¶ But the Fountaine Pajot MY 40 power catamaran ate up the confused sea and then asked for more. Running bow on, beam to the lumps, this cat just licked her paws and seemingly smirked, “That’s all ya got?” ¶ The MY 40 I got aboard will be a liveaboard cruiser for an experienced couple. Frankly, I envy them. French charter cats can lean toward easy maintenance at the expense of style, but the MY 40 surprised me with both. It has tactile fabrics, including on the settees in the salon, and lots of solid, light-oak joinerwork. ¶ The…