/ Boating & Aviation


Nov/Dec 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)

United States
Active Interest Media
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8 Issues


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standing with the bahamas

Editor-in-Chief What a difference a day makes—or two, to be exact. On September 1, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5. It was the most powerful storm on record to strike the island nation and the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. Dorian stalled, thrashing the islands like a washing machine stuck in a spin cycle, with sustained winds over 185 mph for more than 48 hours. The storm left a majority of the Abacos decimated. The U.S. Coast Guard leapt into action, assisting with recovery operations and conducting medical evacuations. Before the storm had even started tracking away from ground zero, a flotilla of boaters stood at the ready to offer their vessels for service—many of them passagemakers with the volume, durability and stability suited to the…

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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 Piers du Pre Phil Friedman Becca Guillote Bill Jacobs Kim Kavin Cecilia Kiely David Parkinson Dag Pike Robert Reeder Peter A. 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 FINANCIAL ANALYST Christine Nilsen 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 DIRECTOR ACCOUNTING SHARED SERVICES Kelly Baumgardner IT SUPPORT Colin Dehnert CEO & PRESIDENT Andrew W. Clurman COO, CFO & TREASURER Michael Henry VP, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, CONTROLLER Lisa Parkin VP, IT Nelson Saenz VP OF PEOPLE & PLACES JoAnn Thomas ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA BOARD CHAIRMAN Efrem Zimbalist III SINGLE COPY SALES MANAGER NPS…

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back cove 39o unveiled

Back Cove Yachts has revealed its newest outboard-powered model, the 39O. With a cruising range of more than 300 miles and a top-end speed of 37 knots, the 39O has a hull design that includes Back Cove’s Trailing Edge Lifting Surface for improved handling and performance. The first hull will have twin 425-horsepower Yamaha outboards, and optional power installations can reportedly provide top speeds in the 40-plus-knot range. According to the builder, the 39O cockpit is designed for entertaining, with transom gates to port and starboard, a U-shape settee across from an aft-facing seat, and a central table for alfresco dining. Stowage below the cockpit is sized for water toys and gear. The 39O sports an enclosed, climate-controlled helm deck for protection from the elements. Social living areas include a galley-up and…

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oceanplanet energy partners with nigel calder

Marine technical systems author, lecturer, teacher and consultant Nigel Calder plans to partner with energy systems provider OceanPlanet Energy. Created by former ocean racer Bruce Schwab (the first American finisher of the Vendee Globe solo around the world race), OceanPlanet provides energy storage, charging, monitoring and system design and support services for marine and off-grid applications. For more than 30 years, Calder, Passagemaker’s technical editor, has played a leading role in adapting hybrid technologies to boat propulsion and electrical systems. That work led to the award-winning Integrel generator replacement technology, which OceanPlanet will distribute. “OceanPlanet is a company with a ton of practical experience and hard-earned knowledge, an energetic leadership, and numerous ideas for improving boat energy systems,” Calder said. “It is my pleasure to join forces with OceanPlanet to do what…

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a solution for ‘slow-fi?’

IBEX Innovation Award nominee Shakespeare Marine has launched an answer to slow Wi-Fi on the water. The Stream Wireless Internet Booster uses Shakespeare’s marine cellular technology to amplify weak cell signals along inshore, coastal and popular cruising routes, enabling boaters to use data more reliably on their cellular devices. According to Shakespeare, placing a low-signal, cellular-enabled tablet, phone or mobile hotspot within 1 to 2 inches of the black helm antenna will increase the device’s data speed and reliability. To boost more than one device, boaters can share the Internet to those other devices by enabling a hotspot on a boosted device. The Stream Wireless Internet Booster is built to be compatible with most cellular devices and major cellular service providers in the United States and Canada. homeportmarine.com…

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meet the new vhf smartphone

Vesper Marine has launched Cortex, the first VHF radio with touchscreen handsets, an integrated Class B SOTDMA smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring. The Cortex, which the National Marine Electronics Association named named best new product, has a touchscreen handset designed to be as intuitive as most smartphones, including a feature to make direct DSC calls. The unit also shows crossing situations, navigation light sectors and possible trial maneuvers. Its man overboard button activates a track-back mode, with the MOB waypoint displayed on NMEA 2000-connected multifunction displays. Cortex comes with a premium subscription plan that includes a telematics component for controlling systems such as refrigerators, ice makers, lights and heaters. New features will be downloaded automatically to the Cortex Onboard App via Wi-Fi. vespermarine.com…