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October 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)

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Active Interest Media
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mystery and intrigue have their place…

Experience the craftsmanship onboard the selection of Marlow yachts on display at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30th through November 3rd, at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Schedule your personal tour of these fine yachts today. MarlowExplorer® 49E | 53E | 58E | 62E | 66E | 70E | 75E | 80E | 88E All Marlow Explorer yachts are designed and built to a higher standard, including mechanical systems and assembly. All wiring and cabling are clearly labeled and carefully bundled for our dedicated raceways. We do this because in an emergency you don’t want to be seconded guessing. The stand-up engine room and mechanical plant for this Marlow Explorer 49E (pictured below) is class defining for its size and layout. Learn more at www.marlowyachts.com. North American Inquiries www.marlowyachts.com • sales@marlowyachts.com Marlow Marine Sales,…

time to bask in the boat show season

Editor-in-Chief ‘Tie a bowline in three seconds or less, win a free subscription!’ The woman was bellowing from behind a magazine rack. I was 10 years old, at my first Newport International Boat Show, and really into boats. Having pleaded with my parents to get a boat for the better part of a year, here we were, and my eyes were as wide as winches. The family plan was not to buy a boat that day, but rather to take it all in and see what was around. Still, I was living the dream. More than 30 years later, I can’t recall a single boat we saw at that show, but I can vividly recall my excitement from just being there. It didn’t matter that it was cool and drizzly; I was…


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrew Parkinson aparkinson@aimmedia.com ART DIRECTOR & MARINE GROUP PHOTOGRAPHER Jonathan Cooper jcooper@aimmedia.com ELECTRONICS EDITOR Ben Stein ben.stein@panbo.com TECHNICAL EDITOR Nigel Calder nigel.calder@gmail.com COPY EDITOR Kim Kavin CONTRIBUTORS Bob Arrington Chris Caswell Jonathan Cooper Dudley Dawson Phil Friedman Becca Guillote Bill Jacobs Kim Kavin Cecilia Kiely Brian K. Lind Dag Pike Robert Reeder Peter Robson Mary South Peter Swanson John Wooldridge Steve Zimmerman PUBLISHER Wade Luce wluce@aimmedia.com EASTERN SALES MANAGER Andrew Howe ahowe@aimmedia.com EVENT SALES & LOGISTICS MANAGER Ryan Davidson rdavidson@aimmedia.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Andrea Howey ahowey@aimmedia.com WEB ADMINISTRATOR Mary Lou Cooke mcooke@aimmedia.com MARINE GROUP PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER Gary DeSanctis VP, MARKETING & EVENTS Julie Jarvie VP, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR William Sisson VP, MARKETING INNOVATION Eric Dallin BUSINESS MANAGER - MARINE Kelly Baumgardner PRODUCTION MANAGER Sunita Patel TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Sara Carpenter PRODUCTION COORDINATORS Chris Cirilli, Amy Pinto, Jennifer Williams EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONSUMER MARKETING Dana Raven CIRCULATION, FULFILLMENT MANAGER Cerisse Carpenter IT SUPPORT Colin Dehnert CEO & PRESIDENT Andrew W. Clurman COO, CFO & TREASURER Michael Henry VP, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, CONTROLLER Devon Hopkins VP, IT Nelson Saenz VP OF PEOPLE & PLACES JoAnn Thomas ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA BOARD CHAIRMAN Efrem Zimbalist III SINGLE COPY SALES MANAGER NPS…

the word on the docks

A Return to Mechanical Throttles In a report issued in August, the National Transportation Safety Board blamed the fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and an oil tanker on the Navy helm crew’s “perceived loss of steering” and serious training deficiencies. One of the Navy’s responses has been to reduce the amount of technology at the helm. The incident happened Aug. 21, 2017, when USS John S. McCain turned into the path of Alnic MC. The blow to McCain killed 10 sailors, injured 48 and caused $100 million in damage. According to the NTSB report, a helmsman had shifted control of McCain to a secondary helm station, and no one noticed. In the subsequent confusion, the port and starboard throttles became mismatched and threw the boat into its fatal turn. “Had the John…

the little engine that can

While working as dock crew at a sailboat charter club, one of my least favorite tasks—second only to dealing with pumpouts, perhaps—was prepping dinghies to accompany sailboats on multiday excursions. The constant shuffle of dinghies and their clunky outboard engines took a toll on my back, not to mention the fear of deep-sixing a motor while transferring it and the inevitability of spilling gas on myself during the process. When I came across the EP Carry electric engine at the Seattle Boat Show, I thanked the gods. A well-designed electric engine for small dinghies, the 1-horsepower EP Carry engine weighs a mere 14 pounds with the separate battery pack adding only 6.5 pounds. Lifting the engine with one hand, it was easy to imagine effortlessly installing it on a dinghy in…

out with glitz and gadgetry

This magazine is named after a boat that combined three elements: simple design, robust construction and the ability to cross vast swaths of ocean “with speed and dispatch.” These elements appealed to retired U.S. Navy officer Robert Beebe, and he, being an amateur naval architect, put pencil to paper and thus the trawler Passagemaker was launched. John Clayman, president of Seaton Yachts, has long been a proponent of Beebe-style austerity, but this philosophy has put him at odds with many of his customers and the yacht market itself. Try selling “simple” at a boat show today. We’re living in a brave new world of joystick controls, powered window shades, trash compactors and integrated everything. Seaton Yachts, though, thinks it has found a way. Headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, the company sells a…